The toll from a solid 6.0 magnitude in southwest China rose to 122 injured on Tuesday, as rescuers pulled survivors from destroyed buildings.
The earthquake struck outside the city of Yibin in Sichuan region late Monday at a depth of 16 kilometers, as per the China Earthquake Networks Center.
A hotel close to the epicentre collapsed, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties from that incident, the official Xinhua news agency said. Cracks appeared in several area highways.
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of rescuers bringing a survivor out of the rubble of a building on a stretcher overnight. Different pictures demonstrated a lady being assisted of another fallen structure.
The area was hit by a series of aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of over 5.0.
Xinhua reported that rescue efforts were underway. Rescue personnel and some 300 firefighters were sent to the area to provide aid and shelter to victims.
Xinhua reported that rescue efforts were underway. The Ministry of Emergency Management sent firefighting crews and other rescue personnel, Xinhua said. The ministry and the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration have dispatched 5,000 tents, 10,000 folding beds and 20,000 quilts to the quake-hit areas.