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Powerful earthquake catches Iceland’s prime minister mid-interview

Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was on Tuesday interrupted during an online media interview by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake which rocked the country's south-west.

Iceland‘s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was on Tuesday interrupted during an online media interview by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake which rocked the country’s south-west.

Jakobsdottir had been speaking to the US newspaper the Washington Post about her government’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic when the earthquake struck.

“Oh my God, there’s an earthquake,” said Jakobsdottir, as a ceiling lamp could be seen rocking gently in the office behind her. “Sorry, but there was an earthquake right now. Wow!”

She quickly regained her composure, saying: “Well, this is Iceland.”

“I am perfectly fine, the house is still strong. So no worries.”

She then continued with the interview.

Initial reports suggested the tremor had not caused major damage.

Iceland is located on a number of fault zones, and Icelanders are used to earthquakes.

Public broadcaster RUV said the epicentre was located about six kilometres west of Lake Kleifarvatn on the peninsula south of the capital Reykjavik.

Tueday’s earthquake was felt in the region around the capital and in the western part of the country.

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