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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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Joan March 17 2014 at 6:01 PM

Guess which one of the two anchors jumped under the desk, first. Yep, the brave wimp who wanted to call the Geological authorities immediately! Guess chivalry was not something mama taught him.

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belldn3 March 17 2014 at 8:04 PM

Lucky it wasn't worst.

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Michael March 17 2014 at 8:13 PM

Drama queens!!! LOL...
If it's not 6.0+, it's not a REAL earthquake....

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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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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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leighfoulkes314 March 17 2014 at 2:16 PM

I'd be freaked out with all those lights and crap hanging over my head too.

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beukboom March 17 2014 at 2:12 PM

They jumped under the table.

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MVZ March 17 2014 at 8:22 PM

Ooh, that was really scary. So glad you guys weren't hurt.

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ae12wrangell March 17 2014 at 2:04 PM

And earthquakes happen every minute of every day. Right now, where you are, there could've been a 0.1 earthquake. You wouldn't have felt it. But the USGS has equiptment to track the magnitudesof each earthquake.

(Source; USGS - US Geological Survey)

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LindsayMWatson March 17 2014 at 2:04 PM

What a wuss!!! Freak out panic over a little bitty earthquake.

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