More than 100 people were killed and thousand others were injured as a powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hit southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturday, officials said.
The earthquake rocked Lushan county at Ya´an City in Sichuan province at 8.02 am local time, the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said.
The epicentre of the earthquake was located at latitude 30.2 degree north and longitude 102.9 degree east, said the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The USGS, however, said the magnitude of the quake was 6.6 on the Richter Scale.
"Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday ordered troops in the quake-hit zone to make ´every possible effort´ to rescue," state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
"Premier Li Keqiang arrived at the epicenter Saturday afternoon. He convened emergency meetings during his flight to direct quake-relief work," it said.