Earthquake sends news anchors diving for cover

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A 4.4 magnitude earthquake sent KTLA's morning anchors diving under their desks Monday.

Millions across Los Angeles were awakened by the earthquake, which did not cause any damage or injuries.

It took KTLA's morning anchors by surprise when it struck just before 6:30 am during their newscast. The anchors ducked under their desks for a few moments. Footage shows the studio cameras shaking during the brief earthquake.

Security cameras at UCLA captured the earthquake, showing trees and light poles swaying as the ground shook.

Across the city, police and fire departments were on high alert, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries. Despite its low magnitude, the earthquake was the first significant rattle in Los Angeles in more than five years.

"We have not had any recent activity in this area. The most recent significant earthquake that shook the Los Angels region was in 2008," said Robert Graves, US Geological Survey.