KABUL: A magnitude-7.7 earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, and was felt hundreds of miles away in Pakistan and India.
The temblor struck at around 2:10 p.m. (5:10 a.m. ET). The quake came just days after rain fell in many parts of Afghanistan, making mud-built houses more vulnerable to collapse.
The USGS said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 and was centered around 28 miles south-southwest of Jarm, Afghanistan.
In the Afghan capital Kabul, cars stopped in the streets and screaming residents streamed out of homes, offices and schools.
Similar scenes were reported in cities including Lahore and Peshawar in neighboring Pakistan.
NBC News producer Mushtaq Yusufzai was having lunch with his family in Peshawar when the earthquake struck.
“There was no was way to go downstairs so we immediately climbed to the rooftop,” he said. “It seemed the entire building is going to collapse. Women and children were crying and traffic was stopped on roads.”
The country’s Supreme Court was in a televised session and judges, lawyers and complainants were shown running out of the room.-NBC News