KCAL9 Anchors Brace On-Air During Friday Earthquake (Video)

“I think we should get under the desk,” Sara Donchey says

KCAL9 anchors Juan Fernandez and Sara Donchey braced on air during their Friday evening newscast, as a powerful 7.1 earthquake shook the Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

“I think we should get under the desk,” Donchey says at one point during the frightening ordeal.

And then she does exactly that.

Watch the video above.

Friday night’s quake followed a 6.4 earthquake on July 4. The epicenter for both quakes was Ridgecrest in the Searles Valley, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.

The July 5 quake was the largest to hit the region in 20 years, and was followed by two 5.5 magnitude aftershocks. More could come, the USGS has warned residents.

In magnitude, Friday night’s quake was significantly larger than the 6.6 Northridge quake in 1994, but it affected a significantly less densely populated area. The extent of the damage is not yet known, but there were reports of fires and some property damage in and around Ridgecrest, and approximately 2,200 area residents were without power, according to the Los Angeles Times.

So far there are no reports of fatalities, according to officials in Kern County, where Ridgecrest is located.

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