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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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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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stoph241 March 17 2014 at 11:38 AM

The male anchors face is priceless! I'm sorry, I know it's not a laughing matter!

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Amberniece Reid stoph241 March 17 2014 at 11:54 AM

I was waiting for someone to mention that. I know its not a laughing matter as well but his facial expression is hilarious. I'm glad everyone was safe!!

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sajwife March 17 2014 at 11:37 AM

Be thankful for all the small ones..kind of like relieving the pressure instead of one big one.

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Kate March 17 2014 at 12:28 PM

The first earthquake I was in out here in the Bay area was probably about that strong; it nearly shook our extremely heavy cash register right off the counter.

After Loma Prieta and Northridge, nobody out here takes anything for granted: it starts to shake and you're a fool if you're not cautious.

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chavistern1 March 17 2014 at 12:46 PM

Girl anchor dfntly braver than guy

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cj March 17 2014 at 11:20 AM

It happened before with Kent Shocknek during the 1987 Whittier earthquake. He kept reporting from under the news desk and even showed why he was there. The threat from the swinging lights overhead was uncomfortable to watch and a credible concern.

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brwnysbrb March 17 2014 at 11:18 AM

Why is it people laugh when something is done right in a serious situation? We teach our children to do the same thing. At least I would hope we do! I have never experienced a earthquake. But i'm sure it is no joke or laughing matter.

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Vickie March 17 2014 at 11:52 AM

Where is the video? All it is showing is the story....

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larry March 17 2014 at 12:44 PM

They were right to take cover. You never know what may fall from the ceiling especially in a studio. Light bars, ceiling tiles, light fixtures, plumbing, pipes, scaffolding, heating duct work etc.etc. You duck and cover because getting hit in your head is the most vulnerable and dangerous. Evan a small quake can loosen plaster, sheetrock and overhead lighting fixtures that may fall later or during aftershocks. Again, they were right to "duck and cover," even during a small quake.

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raff622 March 17 2014 at 12:24 PM

One hell of a wake up call here in Burbank

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