WATCH New Zealand PM Ardern Grip Podium as Quake Strikes During Press Conference
© Robert KitchinNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces in Wellington, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, an ambitious target of fully vaccinating 90% of eligible people to end coronavirus lockdowns.
© Robert Kitchin
The quake was measured by Geonet at 5.9-magnitude on the Richter scale and was located at a depth of 210 km in the central North Island.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was addressing post-COVID plans and vaccination targets during a press conference in Wellington on Friday when she was suddenly interrupted by an earthquake.
A video emerged on Twitter, showing the moment Ardern felt the shaking, gripped her podium and then asked a reporter to repeat the question.
"Sorry, a slight distraction, would you mind repeating the question?"
According to Geonet, a service that accepts quake reports from the public, the 5.9 magnitude quake hit at a depth of 210 km in the central North Island. No significant damage has been reported. Small earthquakes are quite frequent in New Zealand, with more than 1,350 tremors measuring above 4 on the Richter scale recorded in the past year.