A huge earthquake measuring magnitude 7.5 has struck northern Afghanistan.
The quake was so large tremors felt as far away as Pakistan and northern India.
The quake was centred in the mountainous Hindu Kush region about 250 kilometres north of Kabul.
It struck at 1.40pm on Monday local time (10.10pm NZDT).
So far the death toll has been severe. In Pakistan, 167 deaths have been reported, most in northern and northwestern regions bordering Afghanistan. At least 52 people were killed in Afghanistan.
The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range where the quake was centred.