QUEZON CITY — ANC’s “Top Story” was a quarter into its hour-long newscast on Monday afternoon when the 6.1-magnitude earthquake (initially reported by Phivolcs as 5.7) was felt in parts of Luzon, including the media network’s headquarters here.
Anchor Ron Cruz had just wrapped a phone report about tourists returning home after the long weekend when he described the intensity of the quake, as it happened.
“Right now, we’re experiencing an earthquake here in the studio. Our hanging lights are still shaking,” he told viewers from the anchor’s seat.
Appearing cautious of any debris, he went on: “We’re trying to get an update from Phivolcs on how strong that quake could be. Please stay safe, follow the procedures for a safe evacuation . . . If you can, stay under tables and hold on to those legs.”
“We’ll come back in a minute. Stay safe,” he said, before the newscast went on commercial break.
Only 10 minutes later, “Top Story” resumed, with updates on the quake from Phivolcs . The agency initially identified it as a 5.7-magnitude earthquake, but later upgraded it to magnitude 6.1.