September 23, 2020

Earthquake surprises Jacinda Ardern in the middle of a television interview

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacted calmly today to a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that surprised her when she was in Parliament in Wellington giving a live television interview.

“We have an earthquake here, Ryan … (it’s) a pretty decent shake up,” said Ardern, known for staying calm in times of crisis, addressing the host of Newshub’s AM show.

After the earthquake, which had its epicenter more than 110 kilometers northwest of Wellington, the presenter asked Ardern if she was safe and calm to continue the interview.

“We are fine, Ryan. It seems that I am in a place with a secure structure,” replied the president.

New Zealand sits on the fault line between the Pacific and Oceanic plate tectonics and records about 14,000 earthquakes each year, of which between 100 and 150 are powerful enough to be perceived.


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