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WATCH: KTLA News Anchors Get Freaked Out On Air by This Morning's Earthquake

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 17, 2014 at 12:43PM

Those in the LA area had a rather rude awakening around 6:30am this morning, when a robust-seeming earthquake jostled us around for a few seconds. Apparently it was only 4.4 on the Richter scale (here's the seismograph), though it felt bigger than that. At any rate, MuckRack made a funny gif of the KTLA anchors reacting on air when the earthquake strikes (watch the minute-long video from YouTube below; the anchors compose themselves very soon after ducking under their desks).
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KTLA anchors

Those in the LA area had a rather rude awakening around 6:30am this morning, when a robust-seeming earthquake jostled us around for a few seconds. Apparently it was only 4.4 on the Richter scale (here's the seismograph), though it felt bigger than that. At any rate, MuckRack made a funny gif of the KTLA anchors reacting on air when the earthquake strikes (watch the minute-long video from YouTube below; the anchors compose themselves very soon after ducking under their desks).

It seems the LAPD were none too thrilled by all the 911 calls. They sent out this amusing tweet:

"Please do not call 911 to report the #earthquake. We are well aware of it."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.