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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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onlyway2goisup March 17 2014 at 2:23 PM

It's been said about California that THE BIG ONE will be experienced there ....that wasn't the big one but the look on that reporter's face was worse than the quake ..............poor lady beside him was never asked 'are you alright?' There's always an after shock...and a lot of weather extremes have been happening lately ....good time to think wisely!

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marlowemar onlyway2goisup March 17 2014 at 4:04 PM

Weather has absolutely nothing to do with Earthquakes. They are complete unrelated events. That's like saying your shower water was cold because the hamburger in your neighbor's refrigerator was very tasty.

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onlyway2goisup marlowemar March 17 2014 at 8:24 PM

The comment about the weather obviously had nothing to do with the quake it was just a recounting of odd events that have been happening

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James Gray onlyway2goisup March 17 2014 at 5:20 PM

Well, perhaps we should tell the anchor to hold his "look" until the BIG ONE happens? The man "looked" like he was taking the event seriously...as he should have. The cause of many deaths during natural disasters are from people who don't take the event more seriously.

Maybe if that 200lb spot light fell on their heads, his look would have been more appriate to some.

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James Gray James Gray March 17 2014 at 5:21 PM

I meant..appropriate, sorry.

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onlyway2goisup James Gray March 17 2014 at 8:28 PM

his face was priceless but of course I'm so glad it wasn't worse ... the aftershock has been given a forwarning perhaps

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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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Jim Castro March 17 2014 at 2:02 PM

What a guy..You think he would have insured she was under the desk safely then he to follow


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beukboom Jim Castro March 17 2014 at 2:13 PM

He said "forget that."

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Joan Jim Castro March 17 2014 at 4:11 PM

Mama taught him differently-- sad, yes, but no surprise, really. :(

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