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Anchors take cover after 4.4 magnitude quake

WATCH: Earthquake Strikes During Live News Broadcast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pre-dawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin on Monday, rattling residents from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.

The quake's magnitude was 4.4 and it was centered 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Los Angeles police and fire officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.

"It rocked and rolled for about 10 or 12 seconds. I'm surprised nothing fell off the walls or broke - and nothing did - but it was quite a shaker," said Brian Bland, a retired AP Radio correspondent who lives in suburban Santa Monica.

The 6:25 a.m. quake occurred at a depth of about 5 miles.

The epicenter was near Sepulveda Pass in the Santa Monica Mountains, about 6 miles from Beverly Hills and 7 miles from Universal City, the USGS said.

All Metro rail lines were expected to experience minor delays this morning as crews inspect tracks for possible damage, according to Metro.

It was one of the largest quakes to hit Los Angeles since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake killed several dozen and caused $25 billion in damage two decades ago, Dr. Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist, told KABC-TV.

"It's not that large by California terms. It's the size of earthquake we have across the state once every couple of months," Jones said. "But we haven't had one like this in LA for quite a while."

A magnitude 4.7 quake struck near Inglewood in 2009, she said.


Associated Press Radio Correspondent Matt Small in Washington contributed.

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mecnsd March 17 2014 at 8:18 PM

I'm guessing they're not from California...... We could always tell the non locals, when earthquakes hit at work. They'd ALL dive under their desks at the slightest rattle, while the rest of us carried on working.

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margaret March 17 2014 at 3:56 PM

For many years the scientists have been talking about a massive earthquake in California... the San Andreas Fault ... etc. I would pay attention to their comments ...

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SumBreezeHuh margaret March 17 2014 at 4:10 PM

I worry about the New Madrid fault that runs through my state. The last quake was 200 years ago and the scientists concur that it's a matter of when and not if it happens again.

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CONNIE March 17 2014 at 1:29 PM

If there is an earthquake, you are suppose to get underneath your desk....those are the
emergency procedures to be followed. They did the right thing.

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adika3z CONNIE March 17 2014 at 2:01 PM

who is a word - THEY -

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Ken March 17 2014 at 10:07 PM

What was with the smile by the female while looking to her right as she went down for the duck & cover.

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belldn3 March 17 2014 at 8:04 PM

Lucky it wasn't worst.

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elpmlp March 17 2014 at 10:15 PM

Did you see the expression on the TV guy's face? If a picture is worth a thousand words. His expression was off the map...even though the earthquake magnitude was not.

Glad they both are OK.

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verbal007 elpmlp March 17 2014 at 10:21 PM

No doubt in my mind he would have ran over his female co-worker if they had to run out of building.

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mgmjam verbal007 March 18 2014 at 12:29 AM

Without a doubt!

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pmcgsss March 17 2014 at 2:42 PM

When an earthquake begins, you don't know how big or long-lasting an earthquake it will be. Taking cover is what every Californian is advised to do. It is not "wussy" as Lindsay W. says. Good for the anchors for setting the right example. And yes, they DOVE for cover....have you even seen a studio? It is chock full of things that can bang you on the head.

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pink.peonies March 17 2014 at 1:12 PM

The look on the news anchor guys face.....priceless!

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carlosrios1972 pink.peonies March 17 2014 at 1:26 PM

that is what i was thinking!!!! look like he was going to cry!!!!!

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seiserp March 17 2014 at 1:10 PM

If you haven't lived in LA and experienced an earthquake how do you know what happens? I've been through several and your entire home shakes and you are frightened whether man or woman. Your house could collapse. Have a bit of compassion for this for crying out loud. They are not fun!

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carlosrios1972 seiserp March 17 2014 at 1:28 PM

i have to agree cause i was in front of the bridge in San Fran when it collapsed!!!! it is some scary stuff but you have to be in one to understand... and a lot don't.....

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beth118a March 17 2014 at 1:00 PM

I think that guy may have well pissed himself. Thats gotta be scary.

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