New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was unclear by an earthquake that hit the capital of Wellington on Monday while she did a TV interview and continued quietly with the program.
Ardern, who became Prime Minister in 201
Wellington and surrounding areas were shaken by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Levin, a town near the capital, and at a depth of 37 km, according to Geonet.
Ardern spoke in a direct-TV interview then from the parliament building, called the beehive.
“We only have a small earthquake here, Ryan …,” she told the host of the show Ryan Bridge, while she, the camera and other things around her shook.
“Quite a decent shake here … if you see things moving behind me. The hive moves a little more than most,” she said.
Ardern assured the host that she was safe and the interview resumed.
The video soon went viral on social media.
There were no injuries and no injuries, Ardern confirmed at a news conference later, but the shaking that lasted for more than 30 seconds caused panic in Wellington with several people in offices and homes coming under their tables to cover.
New Zealand is located on the seismically active “Ring of Fire”, a 40,000 km long arc of volcanoes and sea tombs that surround large parts of the Pacific Ocean.
The city of Christchurch is still recovering after a 6.3 earthquake in 2011 that killed 185 people.
In 2016, a 7.8 tremor hit the southern island city of Kaikoura, killing two and causing billions of dollars in damage, including in the capital, Wellington, located on North Island.
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