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1980s News Anchors Reacting To Earthquakes: 'I Apologize For The Theatrics'

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Everyone had a good laugh this morning at the expression on KTLA anchor Chris Schauble's face when a 4.4- rolled through town.

So what better time to revisit a video showing anchors ini the 1980s reacting to earthquakes on air? (We're guessing the Whittier Narrows earthquake and its aftershocks.) They look just as rattled as Schauble, but it's even funnier because they don't really ever drop the self-serious, objective shtick:

The anchor in the first clip helpfully reports: "Well, we appear to be still here." Kent Shocknek (now at KCAL) ducks under the desk but not before offering an apology to viewers: "I apologize for the theatrics."

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Before there was social media and blogs to poke fun at anchors, there was late-night TV:

[h/t Hidden LA]