1. dave says

    Before people start making fun of them, keep in mind that they probably have hundreds of pounds of lighting equipment hanging loosely over their heads.

  2. Rad says

    I’m looking at the set made of glass and plywood and thinking of the line from Mel Brook’s “History of the World”; “We’re fighting with CARDBOARD!”.

    I don’t think that anchor desk is gonna give them much protection if the big one hits.

  3. Mags says

    Damnit Obama!!

    Hope everyone is safe and okay out there in the LA area!
    Can’t help but feel a bit of panick when I hear about local earthquakes; wondering is this it, is the foretold big one on its way? Also, reading the latest Dan Brown, which is not helping. Even though the book is not that great, unfortunately. Everyone stay safe!

  4. Craig says

    I second Dave. If you’ve ever been in a studio, you’d understand why they made a b-line under the desk. The lighting equipment and other rigging gear above a TV studio set weighs quite a bit, not to mention the amount of glass that can shatter and pose an additional danger.

  5. MikeKV says

    Wussies! I lived in SoCal until my early 20’s and never dove under furniture for such a tiny jolt…

    Also, NONE of that lighting / other rigging is “loosely” connected to their ceiling. OSHA (and who knows what other California) requirements prevent that stuff from falling unless the roof comes down with it. The stuff is clamped tightly onto railings, and as a backup, they have braided steel safety cables that are *also* attached to the rails… They’re in far more danger of set pieces being launched across the room than they are of stuff falling from the ceiling.

  6. the other Ken says

    It’s kind’ve humorous, but he did the right thing, as opposed to me who just sat staring ahead at my desk.

    There is the other anchor in LA by the name Kent Shocknek who dove under his desk on-air during an earthquake. His nickname became Kent Aftershocknek.

  7. Michael W. says

    Ryan, my comment wasn’t sexist. It was about courtesy to someone with a more petite build. He dove under that desk with no regard to his co-anchor. He could have helped her by letting her go first. It was a jackass move. Sorry that you see it as “weird and sexist”.

  8. Mags says

    @The Other Ken, Lol! I heard of him, I believe someone in my office watches that station and even though Kent seemed goodnatured about the earned nickname, he apparently was not that happy that it still comes out whenever being teased.

  9. Ryan says

    It was completely weird and sexist. An adult woman doesn’t need help crawling under a desk, nor would one person need to “go first”, as they desk was plenty large enough for two people to crawl under at the same time. Her “petite build” is wholly irrelevant and a pretty transparent dodge.

  10. DK says

    KTLA’s studios are like 10 or so miles away from the epicenter.
    I’m across town from the epicenter right now, but even so, it was hard enough to have me check for the slightly slow reports of the earthquake.

    I don’t ever remember in all of the instructions about earthquake protocol to help others, at least during the earthquake proper. You’re supposed to get yourself to a safe place first and protect your head and neck.

  11. PolarBeast says

    Growing up in Southern California I can say that anything less than 6 on the Richter scale really isn’t worth commenting.

    If you want a sense of deja vu, you can look on YouTube at Kent Shocknek, (search: Kent Shocknek earthquake) who was on camera for KNBC Los Angeles during the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. Dave Letterman mocked him for days afterward!

  12. Joseph L. says

    @POLARBEAST Normally I would agree with you, but regardless of the Richter scale (which, btw, measures magnitude (energy) and is NOT a scale of how intense the quake is felt on the surface), this one was a pretty hard jolt. I am in Sherman Oaks and if it was enough to wake me up and shake some things off the shelf, it is worth commenting on. Grew up in SoCal also, and granted, this was nothing compared to the Northridge quake… but it was a little more than a shake to scare the tourists.

  13. SteveDenver says

    Good reaction, there was a lot of stuff in the ceiling above them. To those trying to find fault, don’t be ridiculous.

    Certainly a lot better than the one I saw of a newscaster in the field whose team was filming a “rotating thunderstorm” when a tornado funnel touched down nearby.

  14. Lymis says

    Can we at least admit that you don’t know how serious an earthquake is until it hits?

    So maybe you feel foolish taking cover after it turns out it was only a 4.4 – but how do you know that in advance? Would you rather they got crushed on camera?

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