Earthquake Hits Afghanistan, Pakistan, India: Witness Accounts

by NBC News /  / Updated 

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The deadly earthquake which hit Afghanistan on Monday was felt throughout Asia. Here's a look at how the temblor was felt across the region.


KABUL, Afghanistan

Panicked residents and screaming school children poured into the streets of Kabul when the earthquake struck. The shaking lasted a long time, according to NBC News' Afghanistan producer Fazul Rahim.

A local news anchor was live on-air when the shaking began; the camera captured the temblor and the journalist leaving his desk for safety.


LAHORE, Pakistan

"I was sitting on an easy chair typing out an assignment when I just felt it go up and down — as if I was on a New York subway on a really rough ride. It was just up and down ... My lunch on the table was literally just popping up and down."

"Around 20 seconds in I realized that this was not just your regular tremor... The tremors lasted over a minute."

"The hotel lobby... was a scene of chaos. People were running out women and children were screaming."

"People are bracing for the aftershocks to come in."

— NBC News producer Wajahat S. Khan



"My legs were shaking and my heart was beating out of my chest. I was trying to recite a prayer unknowingly without any sequence of words."

"I was working in my office in Islamabad. The earthquake was initially not massive so we ran to go to the ground floor to get out. On our way, we felt a major quake which scared the hell out of us and we then ran without looking back as the guards blew their whistles to get everyone out of the buildings. We sat on the floor outside for an hour. I was trying to call everyone at home but the services went down and 3G/WiFi stopped operating. We are still sitting outside and really scared."

"It is the worst ever I have experienced."

— Social media analyst Snober Abbasi

Image: A man with his belongings walks past the rubble of a house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Mingora
A man walks past the rubble of a damaged house in Mingora, Pakistan, after Monday's earthquake.HAZRAT ALI BACHA / Reuters


PESHAWAR, Pakistan

"We were having a lunch with the kids in home when the buildings started shaking."

"There was no way to go downstairs so we immediately climbed to the rooftop. It seemed the entire building is going to collapse. Women and children were crying and traffic was stopped on roads."

— NBC News producer Mushtaq Yusufzai



The tremors lasted at least 40 seconds — with buildings swaying — in the main city in the India-controlled portion of disputed Kashmir.

"First I thought somebody had banged the door. But within seconds, the earth began shaking below my feet, and that's when I ran out of the building," government official Naseer Ahmed told The Associated Press.

"I thought it was the end of the world," shopkeeper Iqbal Bhat told the news agency.

Image: People stand on a road after vacating buildings
People vacated buildings in Srinagar, India.DANISH ISMAIL / Reuters

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