New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was not disappointed by an earthquake that struck the capital Wellington on Monday during a live television interview and continued the program calmly.
Ardern, who became prime minister in 2017, is very popular in New Zealand for dealing with multiple crises – last year's mass shootings in Christchurch, a volcanic eruption in December, and the recent coronavirus pandemic.
Wellington and the surrounding areas were hit by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, according to Geonet. The epicenter is located 30 km northwest of Levin, a city near the capital and at a depth of 37 km.
Ardern spoke at the time in a live television interview from the parliament building called Beehive.
"We only have a small earthquake here, Ryan …" she said to the show host, Ryan Bridge, as she, the camera and other things around her trembled.
"Pretty neat shaking here … when you see things moving behind me. The beehive moves a little more than most of the others," she said.
Ardern assured the hostess that she was safe and the interview continued.
The video was soon going viral on social media.
There was no damage and no injuries, Ardern later confirmed at a press conference, but the tremor, which lasted more than 30 seconds, caused panic in Wellington as several people got under their tables in offices and apartments to hide.
New Zealand is located on the seismically active "Ring of Fire", a 40,000 km long arch of volcanoes and ocean trenches that encircle much of the Pacific Ocean.
The city of Christchurch is still recovering from a 6.3 magnitude quake in 2011 that killed 185 people.
In 2016, a magnitude 7.8 tremor hit the city of Kaikoura on the South Island, killing two and causing billions of dollars of damage, including in the capital, Wellington, on the North Island.
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