New Zealand Prime Minister Brushes Off Earthquake During Press Conference

Is there anything Jacinda Ardern can’t do at the moment?

The Prime Minister of New Zealand has received global acclaim recently for her expert handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen her country record just 21 deaths and 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after a ruthlessly effective lockdown approach.

And, after doing a phenomenal job at stopping the spread, Ardern followed it up by casually brushing off a medium sized earthquake during a recent television interview.

While doing an interview with RadioNZ on The AM Show, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck 30km north-west of Levon on the North Island, prompting the Prime Minister to say “We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here.”

“But if you see things moving behind me, the Beehive moves a little more than most. I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”

According to the New Zealand Herald, more than 22,000 people felt the quake when it happened and nearly 100 thought it was ‘severe’.

No damage is believed to have been caused by the ‘quake, nor any injuries, with two aftershocks being much smaller on the Richter scale.

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