November 30, 2018

Three hours after a powerful earthquake struck Alaska, KTVA TV meteorologists were live on Facebook.

When another aftershock rattled the building, they dove beneath the anchor desk — they didn't stop talking. Directors in the control room peeked over the control room electronics to keep the information flowing. 

While in the newsroom, aftershocks sent reporters under the desks.



KTVA's studio was a mess.  There was water in the hallway. The strong morning earthquake outside of Anchorage sent ceiling tiles and other debris crashing onto the studio anchor desk. 

The station showed video of a destroyed edit bay, and debris scattered around the newsroom.

Destroyed edit bay: Video from KTVA Facebook Live feed
(Screenshot from Facebook Live)

Across town, KTUU-TV quickly began posting photos of the significant damage including roads and buildings.

KTVA posted courthouse camera video that captured the moment the initial quake hit.

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