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Moment terrified news anchors panic when quake strikes live on air – and one hides under her desk

This is the moment two terrified news anchors panicked when a powerful 7.1 magnitude quake struck Southern California live on air, leaving one hiding under her desk.


Juan Fernandez and Sara Donchey were reporting for KCAL9 News at 8pm on Friday when the tremors started.

As the set shook a visibly terrified Donchey then grabbed Fernandez’s arm. 

She said: ‘We are experiencing quite a bit of shaking if you bear with us a moment. We’re making sure nothing is going to come down in the studio here.

‘We’re experiencing very strong shaking. I think we need to get under the desk.’   

‘This is a very strong earthquake,’ she said.

‘8:21 here and we’re experiencing very strong shaking. I think we need to get under the desk Juan.’

Donchey then took cover while still on air, hiding under her desk as the show cut to a commercial break. 

“We’ll be right back!!” #duckandcover 6.9 tonight causes a little panic 😎 #EarthquakeLA

Fox Sports: MLB posted a video online showing their hosts and crew prepping for the show as the quake hit. 

As the tremors are felt one can be heard saying: ‘Oh s***, oh s***.  

‘Aren’t we supposed to get under a door or something?’ 

Former pitcher Dontrelle Willis is visibly scared and looks around in panic, asking: ‘Was that an earthquake?’

His colleague replies: ‘Yes look at the cameras.’ Another adds: ‘It’s still going.’

Willis and the rest of the crew takes cover as equipment on the set can be seen shaking.  

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit on Friday about 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the town in Kern County which was very close to the epicenter of the magnitude 6.4 quake felt on Thursday.

The quake, which interrupted sports games and sparked fires, was felt downtown as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute.

If the preliminary magnitude is correct, it would be the largest Southern California quake in 20 years.  

We had an earthquake in LA today and our crew reacted, well, as any one of us would if we were in the middle of an earthquake.

The tremor in Vegas forced the NBA to cancel its nationally televised Summer League game between the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Television footage from the game at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas shows the players and coaches walking off the court after tremors were felt throughout the arena.  

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that he was activating the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to its highest level. 

‘In response to another large earthquake in Southern California tonight, I have activated the [OES] state operation center to its highest level,’ the governor tweeted on Friday.

‘The state is coordinating mutual aid to local first responders.’  

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