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Earthquakes Caught on Live TV News

(August 2015)

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LL
London Lite Founding member
Just after the Los Angeles Quake of 1994, KNBC 4 LA goes on the air just after 4.30am.

MO
Mouseboy33
Here is a remix of the St Patricks Day Earthquake (s) across LA. The clip features all the LA stations live reactions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyUin9dFHM8

A nice compilation that, I remember seeing some of those on the day it happened.

It's great that two of the stations have a seismograph sitting there ready to be cut to air just for such an event. KTLA's wobbly roof camera worked particularly well

YOu can look at KABC's seismograph live. It runs 27/4 live stream. They call it QuakeCam. Sometimes you can even see someones hands changing the paper drum. When they updated their website and ended the livestream, people went nuts so they put it back online again.
http://abc7.com/live/23343/
MO
Mouseboy33
dbl posted:
KTLA took the biscuit. Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

That turned into a Meme. The male anchor was a good sport about. He still uses his shocked face for his official Twitter Profile pic.

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MO
Mouseboy33
Im always amazed how quickly KGO and KNBC was able to get on air, even during a power outtage (KGO) and calmly report was happening and provide live pictures even chopper shots. KNBC was one air literally seconds after the quake struck. Just amazing during such a disruptive period in SF and LA history.
MO
Mouseboy33
KOCO 5 Oklahoma City Live Quake
MO
Mouseboy33
KWTV 9 Oklahoma City


WAVE 3 Louisville KY (Not earthquake prone region)
Last edited by Mouseboy33 on 18 August 2015 4:08pm
EL
elmarko
Reminds me of this:



Earthquake just before going on air, full gallery audio.
MO
Mouseboy33
Masterful and smooth producing and directing by KWTV. With 15 seconds to air. Its just amazing. Its just shows what can happen when calm heads in the gallery know what they are doing. The anchor/presenter barely looked rattled on set. KWTV got off 2 quick tower cam shots off within seconds of the opening graphics. Dont know many station the could have pulled that off seamlessly as that. Also shows the value of multiple tower cams ready to go in a moments notice. Amazing. But it is Oklahoma City, a market that deals with more large scale disasters annually than most places in the country or North America for that matter. Fascinating to listen to.
LL
London Lite Founding member
"She's a little shaky" Great job from all on that bulletin.
LL
London Lite Founding member
Im always amazed how quickly KGO and KNBC was able to get on air, even during a power outtage (KGO) and calmly report was happening and provide live pictures even chopper shots. KNBC was one air literally seconds after the quake struck. Just amazing during such a disruptive period in SF and LA history.


Going by the ESPN doc, KGO also used the Goodyear blimp which was covering the World Series at Candlestick Park.
EL
elmarko
KGO used it independently of the network?
RK
Rkolsen
Im always amazed how quickly KGO and KNBC was able to get on air, even during a power outtage (KGO) and calmly report was happening and provide live pictures even chopper shots. KNBC was one air literally seconds after the quake struck. Just amazing during such a disruptive period in SF and LA history.


Are you referring to the Northridge quake or just their quake coverage in general? Both stations are automated so they probably could load a preset show and get on air as quickly as possible with minimal staffing using preset templates. They could break into coverage and have their meteorologist on air using all of their tools at their disposal until more essentially directing the show themselves until they get more staffing.

As for helicopter shots most helicopters in LA are either in the air or on standby all day.

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