Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

An earthquake has hit New Zealand midway through a COVID update by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Ardern asked a question from a journalist Friday morning when the quake struck.

Watch the moment in the video above

She looked up briefly in surprise before regaining her composure.

“Sorry, a little distraction, would you mind repeating that question?” she said with a smile.

Jacinda Ardern and an ASL translator look surprised at a sudden earthquake.
Jacinda Ardern and an ASL translator look surprised at a sudden earthquake. Credit: 7NEWS

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake measured 5.6 on the Richter scale at a depth of about 223 km.

It hit just before 11 a.m. Friday local time.

This is not the first time Ardern has had a media opportunity interrupted by an earthquake.

The Ardern was hit on live television in May last year when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Wellington.

She was interviewed in the executive government building known as the “hive” live when it hit.

Watch the video below: Ardern rattled off another earthquake during a live TV interview in 2020

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“We just have a bit of an earthquake here … quite a decent shake here. If you see things move behind me, ”she said.

The camera shot shakes as Ardern looks around to judge her safety.

“The beehive moves a little more than most.

“It simply came to our notice then. No, we’m fine. I’m not under any hanging light, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place. ”

New Zealand is located on the seismically active “Ring of Fire”, a 40,000 km long arc of volcanoes and trenches that surround large parts of the Pacific Ocean.

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