Earthquake Hits Iceland During Prime Minister’s Live TV Interview
Buildings stand on the edge of Lake Tjornin, in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Monday, July 20, 2020. (Photographer: Sigga Ella/Bloomberg)

Earthquake Hits Iceland During Prime Minister’s Live TV Interview

A series of quakes with a preliminary magnitude of up to 5.7 were felt across southwest Iceland on Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The tremors struck as Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was giving a live stream interview in Reykjavik to the Washington Post on the country’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Jakobsdottir quickly resumed her composure after hearing a loud bang in her office and saying: “Oh my God, there’s an earthquake!”, before adding: “Well, this is Iceland. Sorry about that” and continuing to answer the questions posed by the paper’s foreign affairs columnist, David Ignatius.

Iceland has active volcanoes and quakes are not infrequent.

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