A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake — initially reported at 7.1 — hit 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles on Friday night, one day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in the area was the strongest felt in 20 years.

The earthquake was felt all the way in Las Vegas, where Zion Williamson made his NBA Summer League debut for the New Orleans Pelicans against the New York Knicks at Thomas & Mack Center.

The game was shown on ESPN, and Mark Jones stopped his traditional play-by-play of the game to tell viewers in the fourth quarter, “Folks, we’re experiencing an earthquake right now.”

Color commentator Doris Burke responded, “Whoa, we are.”

Jones and Burke explained how the building was shaking, and that fans were headed for the exits. About 10 seconds later, the game was stopped.

The scoreboard located above center court and surrounding speakers continued to sway in the arena for several minutes.

The game was initially suspended, and eventually postponed.

Burke called the experience “one of the scariest moments of her life.”

“To feel the earth beneath your feet move, to see a scoreboard of that size directly above our heads swaying in our direction… Mark, it was one of the scariest moments of my life. I don’t know how to describe it.”

Burke also said how she was shocked to hear the plan to simply suspend the game initially, due to the scoreboard “swaying significantly.”

Next door at Cox Pavillion, the Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs played through the earthquake. Here’s how it all looked on the NBATV broadcast:

Update: The Summer League action at Cox Pavillion has since been postponed as well.


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