"The Beehive moves a little more than most. Follow SBS News to join in the conversation and never miss the latest live updates. Please select the editions you would like to sign up to. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was being interviewed live on TV when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Levin, but she kept doing the interview During Monday's COVID-19 press conference Ardern was asked how she felt when the earthquake hit, knowing she was still on live television. #eqnz #Wellington. See what's next, ongoing lifting of coronavirus restrictions, I left Hong Kong for a break. "The last thing we need is another shed for Clarke. "Are you serious? The Beehive has a base-point isolation system which keeps it safe from earthquakes. Catch up on SBS On Demand. "What I was also mindful of is that it is not always easy to get a real sense of the magnitude of an earthquake in here because of the base isolators, you can tend to move a little bit more than the quake implies in terms of strength.". The camera shot shakes as Ms Ardern looks around to judge her safety. ", Ardern's cool reaction quickly went viral, Like most New Zealanders, Ardern is accustomed to earthquakes. Ms Ardern was discussing the appropriateness of her fiance, Clarke Gayford, building a new shed. Wellington councillor Fleur Fitzsimons claimed a strange coincidence during the rumble. By subscribing, you agree to SBS’s terms of service and privacy policy including receiving email updates from SBS. Nor was Ardern the only Kiwi politician to have a call disturbed by the event. Credits: Getty. Ardern, who became prime minister in 2017, is hugely popular in New Zealand for her handling of several . Jacinda Ardern has revealed what she was thinking when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck while she was doing an interview on Monday. SBS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia. Social media users have praised Ardern for handling the situation calmly. ", "It's just stopped. 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"We're just having a bit of an earthquake here ... quite a decent shake here. 5.8 Quake rattles lower North Island, rattles food from shelves https://t.co/53GiryJAMT pic.twitter.com/ezXs4AtRZ9. Another Twitter user, Jords, compared the quake with coronavirus. (CNN)The coronavirus pandemic has been something of a nightmare for live TV, with interviews interrupted by children, cats, ringing phones, dogs and now, earthquakes. "I believe after earthquake and plague, the next one is frogs #EQNZ," he wrote. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was, As the camera visibly shook, a still-smiling Ardern, "If you see things moving behind me... the Beehive moves a little more than most," she added, referring to the executive wing of the New Zealand Parliament. That was what was going through my head," she said. The National Emergency Management Agency quickly ruled out the threat of tsunami. "We are just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan," she said. Watch: Ardern speaks about the earthquake during her 4pm press conference. The same system is used underneath Te Papa museum and numerous hospitals around New Zealand. No, we're fine. Canadian journalist Tom Harrington tweeted: "On live TV, NZ PM Jacinda Ardern reacts to an earthquake the way you and I react to a mosquito". In the capital, it brought sustained shaking for around 15 seconds as Kiwis prepared for their day at 7.53am NZST. Revealed: When the decision on moving to COVID-19 alert level 1 will be made, COVID-19 alert level 2: Gatherings can increase to 100 at noon on Friday, 29 May, Copyright © 2020 MediaWorks TV - All Rights Reserved, By subscribing you agree to our Terms of Access and Privacy Policy. Asked if she was feeling "safe and well to continue the interview," Ardern responded "(I'm) fine, I'm not under any hanging lights, I look like I'm in a structurally sound place. Depth: 46 km #eqnz https://t.co/ANOLk8pEjw. We love feedback: help us improve by rating the app and sharing your suggestions at apps@sbs.com.au. Download our free app on the App Store or Google Play for the latest headlines and breaking news alerts. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was unflustered by an earthquake … He has two," she said. New Zealand lies on the seismically active "Ring of Fire", a 40,000km arc of volcanoes and ocean trenches girdling much of the Pacific Ocean. Sign up now for the latest news from Australia and around the world direct to your inbox. I'm not under any hanging lights, I look like I'm in a structurally sound place.". Gavin Fernando gavindfernando news.com.au May … "Not what we need right now.". Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has continued with a live interview on television during a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Wellington. Tens of thousands of Kiwis reported feeling weak rattling as far north as Auckland and as far south as Dunedin. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has continued with a live interview on television during a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Wellington. Jacinda Ardern reacts to earthquake during live interview Protests continue in Thailand amid government crackdown Britain has already left the EU but here's what still needs to happen If you see things moving behind me," she said. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was unflustered by an earthquake that struck the capital Wellington on Monday while she was doing a live TV interview, and calmly continued with the programme. "What's a Wellington earthquake when, as Prime Minister, you've dealt with a massacre, an eruption and a pandemic," one commenter tweeted. Jacinda Ardern was forced to halt a TV interview this morning after an earthquake struck New Zealand’s North Island while she was live. Jacinda Ardern has revealed what she was thinking when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck while she was doing an interview on Monday. New Zealand sits on the so-called "Ring of Fire," a tectonically-active 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) arc, "Hope all ok up the line in the Levin area," he wrote on Twitter. Jacinda Ardern's press conference was interrupted by the quake. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared unshaken as a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled the Beehive during a live television interview. "Eek, on the phone to the Mayor talking about earthquake strengthening the Central Library when that earthquake hit! Instead I got stuck with my parents for weeks. "It's quite a decent shake here, but if you see things moving behind me the Beehive moves a little more than most.". The earthquake was 37km deep according to seismic monitoring agency GMS Science. But she wasn't so calm on the inside. #eqnz #Wellington," she wrote on Twitter. Source: Newshub. Ms Ardern was being interviewed in the executive government building known as "the Beehive" for its distinctive shape, live on on television channel Three, when it hit.

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