Jacinda Ardern’s interview interrupted by earthquake

Jacinda Ardern was forced to halt a live TV interview this morning after an earthquake struck the lower half of New Zealand’s North Island while she was live.

The New Zealand Prime Minister was giving her weekly live interview from parliament to the AM Show when the quake struck.

According to GeoNet, the 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck 30km northwest of Levin, at a depth of 37km just before 8am.

“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here, Ryan,” Ms Arden told the show’s host as the camera was shaking.

“Quite a decent shake here … if you see things moving behind here.”

Asked if she was feeling safe enough to continue the interview after the earthquake stopped, the Prime Minister says she was and calmly carried on.

“We’re fine, Ryan. We’re not under any hanging lights. It looks like I’m in a structurally sound place,” Ms Ardern said.

More than 32,000 people reported to feel the earthquake, most of whom were in Wellington.

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