Kiwi PM shaken, not stirred

Central Station | 26 May 2020

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern remained unflappable despite being interviewed live on TV during a 5.6-magnitude earthquake.

There were no initial reports of injuries or damage from the quake that struck 90 kilometers north of Wellington before 8am local time, at a depth of about 52 km.

"We're just having a bit of an earthquake here," Ardern, who was in a seismic shock-absorbing building, told the presenter of The AM Show, Ryan Bridge.

"Quite a decent shake here, if you see things moving behind me." she said. "We're fine, I'm not under any hanging lights, I look like I'm in a structurally sound place."

The PM said the prospect of a quake was always likely.

"In my mind constantly, as the prime minister of the "Shaky Isles," is - no matter what's going on in our lives - we must always be prepared for that," she said.

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