The anchors at WFIE Evansville did a pretty good job of not running around screaming like frightened schoolchildren as an earthquake struck southern Illinois while they were on the air yesterday. Bryon Douglas was doing the weather as the set started to shake. "We’re hearing some shaking here," he said nervously, then alternated between thinking it was an earthquake and thinking it was trains rolling by. (Uh, should a meteorologist really be completely blindsided by an earthquake?)
Visibly unnerved, Douglas kept his eye on the ball long enough to deliver the forecast, then joined Beth Sweeney at the anchor desk. For her part, Sweeney was clearly concerned that the set’s lighting would crash down on her head.
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