Nearly 900 students have been buried by a powerful earthquake in southwestern China. At least six people have been confirmed dead but the death toll looks likely to soar as authorities and rescue teams make contact with the area, where roads and phone lines have been cut off.
Tall buildings in cities across the country swayed, with tremors reported as far afield as Thailand.
The quake, which measured 7.8, struck some 100 kilometres from Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan. The city is home to around 10 million people.
The Chinese president has called for an “all-out” effort to rescue victims of the quake and troops are being sent to help. The prime minister was heading for the region.
Aftershocks have been felt and authorities warn there may be more to come.
Some highrise office blocks in Shanghai were evacuated and in Beijing, too, hundreds of workers poured onto the streets.