Anchor’s face instant Web hit following California quake

LOS ANGELES (CNN/KTLA/KXAN) — A 4.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Los Angeles Monday morning — right in the middle of one station’s newscast.

KTLA anchors Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson ducked under their desk when the quake hit. Once it was over, they continued on with the newscast.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was centered about 15 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles, and agency officials offered their praises for the anchors’ quick reaction to take shelter.




There were no immediate reports of serious damage. And while the Los Angeles mayor says the earthquake serves as a reminder that people need to be prepared, this video serves as a reminder that Mother Nature hits at any moment.

That meant that these several seconds of the anchors’ reactions produced some comic relief — moments that immediately churned into Web gold.

Their reactions, especially Schauble’s, was the main attraction.

He was a good sport about it all, according to his station’s post about it. He even changed his Twitter profile picture after the social media explosion in the aftermath, featuring his face front and center the moment the earthquake-induced shock hit.



And Schauble even had fun with some of the memes surfacing.


Let’s not forget the Vine, either.

Meanwhile, KTLA KING’s YouTube video is nearing 5.9 million views as of 11:05 a.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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