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Los Angeles Earthquake Causes Mayhem During Live KTLA 5 Broadcast

17/03/2014 14:24 GMT | Updated 17/03/2014 14:59 GMT

Newsreaders are known for their cool, calm and considered reactions - especially when reporting breaking events. That was until today.

This US newsreader looked like he was about to cry after the TV studio he was presenting in was rocked by an earthquake.

The earthquake took place in the early hours of St Patrick's day in Los Angeles.

"Earthquake. We're having an earthquake," he said before ducking under his news desk.

He was quickly joined by the rest of the production crew and his fellow presenter who were out of shot as the cameras and background images were shaken by the tremor.

The quake's magnitude was 4.4 and it was centred 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic centre, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Los Angeles police and fire officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.

"It felt like a bomb going off underneath our house," said George McQuade, a West Hills resident. "Nothing was damaged, but it sure woke everyone up. It was an eye-opener."

The 6:25 a.m. quake occurred at a depth of about 5 miles.

The epicentre was 6 miles from Beverly Hills, 7 miles from Universal City and 7 miles from Santa Monica, the USGS said.