Earthquake jolts New Zealand during Jacinda Ardern live interview -- watch how she reacted
Instead of freaking out, the New Zealand Prime Minister calmly continued with the interview. Her epic reaction has won the Internet.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is surely a lady with nerves of steel as she was undaunted by an earthquake that struck the capital Wellington on Monday while she was doing a live TV interview. Instead of freaking out, she calmly continued with the programme.
Ardern, who became Prime Minister in 2017, is hugely popular in New Zealand for her handling of several crises - a mass shooting in Christchurch last year, a volcanic eruption in December and the recent coronavirus pandemic.
Wellington and nearby areas were shaken by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake with the epicentre 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Levin, a city close to the capital, and at a depth of 37 km, according to Geonet.
Ardern was speaking on a live TV interview at the time from the Parliament building, called the Beehive.
"We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here, Ryan...," she told the host of the show Ryan Bridge, as she, the camera and other things around her shook. "Quite a decent shake here...if you see things moving behind me. The Beehive moves a little more than most," she said.
Ardern assured the host that she was safe and the interview resumed. "We are fine, I'm not under any hanging lights and I look like I am in a structurally strong place," she added.
The video was soon viral on social media and netizens were again impressed the "amazing" female leader.
I want this woman for president.— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) May 25, 2020
"We're just having a bit of an earthquake here": New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when a quake struck during a live TV interview pic.twitter.com/q11HTfIcLW
Jacinda Ardern for prime minister / president of the entire world!!! All my favourite things seem to be from New Zealand. https://t.co/RTo9j0Rrl3— ✌????Kat Barrell ✌???? (@KatBarrell) May 25, 2020
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is the coolest cat around. First she dispatches with COVID-19. And here she is calm as can be doing her live interview during an EARTHQUAKE. #ElectMoreWomen https://t.co/rr0UpJyM7M— Jess O'Connell (@JessOConnell) May 25, 2020
Those concerns anyone has expressed about women as political leaders?— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) May 25, 2020
NZ’s Jacinda Ardern has dispelled every last one of them.
Imagine Trump in the scene below.
No don’t. Too cringey. https://t.co/wMSEpz2cwF
Although the quake caused no damages or injuries were reported, it lasted for more than 30 seconds and caused panic in Wellington with several people in offices and homes getting under their tables for cover.