NZ to move to full Level 2, with gatherings of 100

Carla Harmon
May 26, 2020

The camera could be seen shaking as the PM looked to the ceiling and said: "We're just having an natural disaster here, Ryan".

The capital city and its nearby areas were shaken up by a 5.8 magnitude quake while Ardern's live interview was underway.

In a video from this past weekend, New Zealand's PM is seen talking to an AM Show host, when furniture and decor items just behind her back began to visibly shake for several seconds.

Jacinda Ardern was being interviewed when the natural disaster struck.

Ardern was discussing the country's lifting of coronavirus restrictions when a magnitude 5.8 natural disaster struck near the capital city of Wellington.

Once the quake stopped, Ms Ardern calmly carried on with the interview saying she was in a "structurally sound place".

Ardern was speaking on a live TV interview at the time from the parliament building, called the Beehive.

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"I'm not under any hanging lights". There were no immediate reports of damage.

In case you haven't seen it, the original video was captured on Monday morning, as a 5.8 natural disaster shook the room of a live press conference in the Beehive, the unofficial nickname for NZ's parliament house.

Ardern's cool response to the quake has won her praise, adding to her image as a seemingly unflappable leader.

New Zealand said in April that it had eliminated community spread of the virus.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the gathering limit will increase to 100 people from noon this Friday and Cabinet will consider a move to Level 1 no later than June 22.

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