US News New Zealand: Prime Minister stoic during a live earthquake

06:45  25 may  2020
06:45  25 may  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern was broadcast reacting live on television during a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Wellington on Monday morning. The strong earthquake was centred 30km north west of Levin, a town around an hour’s drive north of the country’s capital, on the North Island.

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An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 shook Monday morning the North Island of New Zealand , without the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who gave a live interview on television, did not let go of her calm.

The tremor occurred shortly before 8 a.m. local time (8:00 p.m. GMT Sunday), at a depth of 52 kilometers offshore from the town of Levin which is located approximately 90 kilometers north of Wellington.

According to the New Zealand seismic monitoring service GeoNet, there have been around 40 aftershocks.

Rescuers and the police said they had no knowledge of any casualties or property damage. There was no tsunami alert.

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New Zealand 's prime minister , John Key, has said it was a "miracle" that no-one was killed in the powerful The earthquake struck in the early hours of the morning when most people were asleep. New Zealand 's prime minister , John Key, said the timing of the quake probably saved many lives .

An earthquake struck near New Zealand 's capital Monday morning, shaking many residents including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who continued with a live TV interview at the parliament building. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake was 37 kms deep and the epicenter was 30 km northwest of Levin, a city

The shock was felt up to Wellington where the head of government was questioned live during an early morning broadcast from a parliament building designed to absorb seismic forces by oscillating on its foundations.

"We are having an earthquake here," she told the host of the Auckland-based show, much further north of the island, while quickly looking around.

Then, smiling, she regained her full confidence and continued the interview.

The archipelago is at the limit of the tectonic plates of Australia and the Pacific, an area which is part of the Pacific "ring of fire", where up to 15,000 earthquakes are recorded each year. But only between 100 to 150 are strong enough to be felt.

An earthquake measuring 6.3 killed 185 people in February 2011 in Christchurch, on the South Island. In 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kaikoura, on the northern coast, was the second strongest on record in the country.

05/25/2020 02:31:20 - Wellington ( AFP ) - © 2020 AFP

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