WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck throughout a dwell tv interview Monday morning.
She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to inform him what was taking place on the parliament advanced within the capital, Wellington.
“We’re simply having a little bit of an earthquake right here Ryan, fairly an honest shake right here,” she mentioned, wanting up and across the room. “But, um, if you see things moving behind me.”
New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is typically known as the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes.
Monday’s magnitude 5.6 quake struck within the ocean about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Wellington, based on the US Geological Survey.
The quake hit simply earlier than eight am and was felt by hundreds of New Zealanders who have been on the point of begin their work weeks. It was robust sufficient to rattle meals from cabinets and cease practice providers.
But there have been no experiences of main harm or accidents.
Ardern continued on along with her interview, telling the host the shaking had stopped.
“We’re tremendous Ryan,” she mentioned. “I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”
A 2011 quake within the metropolis of Christchurch killed 185 folks and destroyed a lot of the downtown space. The metropolis is constant to rebuild.