Overreaction? KTLA news anchor Chris Schauble freaks out over minor earthquake in Los Angeles

"Earthquake! We're having an earthquake!!"

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A 4.4 magnitude earthquake lightly wobbled Los Angeles this morning, but judging by the face of KTLA anchor Chris Schauble it was as though the mothership from Independence Day had just landed.

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The tremor was fairly inconsequential as earthquakes go, with no reports of injuries or damage.

Schauble was for a few seconds gripped with fear however, suddenly shouting: "Earthquake! We're having an earthquake!" and ducking below his desk along with his co-anchor.

Consummate professionals, the pair popped back up after a few seconds, valiantly continuing the news segment after their brush with death.

Schauble saw the funny side of his overreaction, swiftly making a grab of it his Twitter profile picture.

The earthquake took place at 6:25 a.m. PDT at a depth of five miles and was felt over much of southern California, particularly in the Westside and the San Fernando Valley.

It hasn't been a good day for broadcast news reporters, with another suffering an embarrassing faceplant as he sprinted away from the camera following his sign-off.