More than 2,800 people have been killed and 2,500 injured, according to Moroccan state media.

The quake was the strongest to hit the nation’s center in more than a century, and the worst destruction has been in isolated mountain areas.

The epicenter was not far from the popular tourist and economic hub Marrakech. Many residents have been sleeping on the streets, too afraid to return to their homes, and historic sites have been damaged.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI ordered that a relief commission be set up to distribute aid to survivors, as global leaders have also pledged support.

Meanwhile, as their home began collapsing, Moroccan man recounts grabbing his sister and rushing outside.

“I grabbed her and we ran outside. And as soon as we got outside, a whole wall collapsed,” Ahazar, 25, lives in Asni, a mountain town that was badly damaged. He and his sister were eating dinner — tajine, a Moroccan specialty — when the ground started shaking late on Friday night.

“I looked at my leg later and I saw there was a lot of blood. But I almost didn’t notice it. It was crazy,” he said. It wasn’t until Monday afternoon that he finally got to see a professional and have the wound cleaned and bandaged properly.

The earthquake struck at around 11.11 p.m. local time (6.11 p.m ET) on Friday. Its epicenter was located in the High Atlas mountain range, about 72 kilometers (44.7 miles) southwest of Marrakech, a city of about 840,000 people.

Its impact was felt far and wide, reaching as far north as Casablanca.