At least 156 people are dead and around 5,500 are injured, Reuters’ Ben Blanchard reports.
The death toll is expected to climb as numbers come in from different villages, according to the Los Angeles Times, citing Chinese authorities.
This is the worst earthquake to hit that area since 2008, when a much more destructive quake killed close to 90,000 people.
Pictures show crushed buildings, blocked roads, and people gathering outside of their homes.
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