Eduardo “Lalo” Salazar of Mexican television network Televisa quickly became an Internet celebrity when he remained calm and composed as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the capital Friday morning. With the earthquake-siren blaring, Salazar kept his cool as he slowly and meticulously described what he was feeling and seeing. The video above begins with Salazar describing how the earthquake-alarm has been blaring but he can't feel anything yet. Then, at the 30-second mark: “Now we’re starting to feel it.” Salazar goes on to describe how the lights in the studio are shaking. “It’s a strong quake,” he says at the one-minute mark. “We have to stay calm. Many people start to…” Then the shaking really gets going, and Salazar grabs on to the table: “It’s stronger now … It’s stronger now.” And the shaking in the studio becomes evident: “We have to go out. It’s very strong. Everything is shaking now.” While the studio is shaking, Salazar doesn't quit, going on to explain a live feed that is coming from the street before finally throwing in the towel at the 1.35-minute mark: “I’m getting out, I’m getting out.” The earthquake itself caused little damage and there were no reports of casualties, notes the Wall Street Journal.
This is hardly the first time a news anchor gains Internet notoriety because of an earthquake. Just last month, KTLA anchors Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble were on the air when a 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck. They chose the old duck-and-cover routine, getting underneath their desk for a few seconds until the threat had passed:
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