Terrifying moment sports games and live newscasts abruptly stop during 7.1 magnitude earthquake in California
We live in a world where the threat of dangerous or careless men and women forces us to remain alert and vigilant. However, despite the fact we may be able to run away from an attacker or evade an out of control car, there's no escaping the unpredictable wrath of Mother Nature.
From tsunamis or cyclones, every man-made force in the world is no opposition to the forces of nature. Destructive and out-of-nowhere, lives can be put at risk at an instant if Mother Nature strikes.
An example of this came on Friday evening, where a preliminary 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked areas of Southern California, Nevada, and Mexico. And due to the fact there are always cameras rolling in this day and age, the live reactions of terrified individuals and crowds were captured at sports games and news broadcasts.
This was the heart-pounding moment a live news broadcast from KCAL-TV came to an abrupt halt during the earthquake:
The earthquake interrupted the bottom of the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium:
Approximately 270 miles away in Nevada, an NBA Summer League game at the Cox Pavilion between the San Antonio Spurs and the Orlando Magic was canceled for precautionary measures:
Nearby, at the Thomas an Mack Center, a game between the New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans was canceled in its fourth quarter:
Per the Business Insider, the Los Angeles Fire Department conducted a "systematic survey" of the city following the earthquake and concluded that "no major infrastructure damage was noted".
In a statement regarding the 8:19 pm (local time) seismic activity, the LAFD said in a statement:
"There has been no loss of life or serious injury that we can directly attribute to the widely felt earthquake."
The latest earthquake is the largest temblor in over 20 years.