Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes near Wellington

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2020

A magnitude 5.9 natural disaster struck near New Zealand's capital Wellington on Monday, government seismic monitor Geonet said.

Emergency officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake was 37 kms deep and the epicentre was 30 km northwest of Levin, a city in New Zealand's North Island close to Wellington, according to Geonet.

"We're having a bit of an quake here", Ms Ardern said in an early morning interview with Newshub's AM Show from Parliament.

Ardern was standing in the Beehive theatrette as the shaking began, conducting a live interview with AM Show host Ryan Bridge. "Quite a decent shake here, but if you see things moving behind me, the Beehive moves more than most", Ardern said as Parliament swayed.

The Prime Minister said her transition into being leader was different, though, so she couldn't compare.

When asked if she was feeling safe to carrying on with the interview after the natural disaster stopped, the Prime Minister says she was safe and calmly carries on with the interview.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responds as an quake is felt in Wellington while is is on live TV.

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