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Jacinda Ardern Keeps Her Cool As Earthquake Strikes During Live TV Interview

Jacinda Ardern Keeps Her Cool As Earthquake Strikes During Live TV Interview

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit near Wellington and was felt by more than 22,000 people.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Jacinda Ardern kept her cool as a medium-sized earthquake hit New Zealand just in the middle of a live TV interview.

After presiding over an incredible amount of difficulties during her leadership, the last thing the Kiwi Prime Minister needed was an earthquake. The event struck 30km north-west of Levon on the North Island and registered 5.8 on the Richter scale.

Ms Ardern was doing an interview with RadioNZ on The AM Show and in the clip above you can see the moment she noticed the rumbling in the studio.

"We're just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here," she said.

"But if you see things moving behind me, the Beehive moves a little more than most. I'm not under any hanging lights, I look like I'm in a structurally sound place."

People on social media couldn't believe how calm Ms Ardern was during the earthquake.

One person wrote on Twitter: "This woman can do no wrong. Earthquake! No probs. Thumbs up and pushes on with the live interview. PM Jacinda Ardern live on TV."

Another added: "Jacinda Ardern was live this morning during the earthquake and my favourite thing is that you see the exact moment she thinks 'don't you dare give me another national emergency to deal with' and then the relief when it's just a moderate earthquake."

A third quipped: "Jacinda has the skills to lead NZ; Covid-19, March 15, economy and she smiles off a large earthquake like it was nothing. What a person."

According to the New Zealand Herald, more than 22,000 people felt the quake when it happened and nearly 100 thought it was 'severe'.

Thankfully, there have been no reports of any damage or injuries following the quake.

There were two aftershocks, but they were much smaller on the Richter scale.

Featured Image Credit: RNZ

Topics: Earthquake, News