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This is the moment the New Zealand Prime Minister managed to keep her cool when a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck during a live television interview.
Jacinda Ardern interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him she could feel « quite a decent shake » at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington, on Monday morning.
“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here,” she said, looking up and around the room.
New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes.
Monday’s magnitude 5.6 quake struck in the ocean about 62 miles northeast of Wellington, according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake hit just before 8am and was felt by thousands of New Zealanders who were getting ready to start their work weeks.
It was strong enough to rattle food from shelves and stop train services. But there were no reports of major damage or injuries.
“We’re fine Ryan,” she said. “I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”
New Zealand’s finance minister Grant Robertson said in a tweet that the quake was “not what we need right now.”
John Hart said it was « quite the shake » on Twitter as he shared a picture of his spilt coffee.
A 2011 quake in the city of Christchurch killed 185 people and destroyed much of the downtown area. The city is continuing to rebuild.
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