We drove through the worst affected areas, and there was damage all along the roads. This earthquake has caused devastation and despair.
More than 100 have died and 5,700 have been injured in an earthquake in China. Many were trapped under buildings near Ya'an in Sichuan.
A powerful earthquake struck China's south western Sichuan province today, leaving 157 dead and more than 5,700 injured.
At least 56 people have been killed in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake which struck the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the official Xinhua news agency has reported.
A Communist Party official has told the Associated Press the earthquake in Sichuan province in China has killed 32 people and injured more than 600.
The French news agency AFP said Chinese television has claimed at least 72 people have been killed.
Meanwhile, the first video footage from the quake has also emerged:
At least 28 people have been killed in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake which struck the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the official China News Service has reported.
The earthquake in China's southwestern province of Sichuan struck near Yaan city with a magnitude of 6.6, close to where a massive quake struck in 2008 to claim the lives of almost 70,000.
State media say at least 10 people have been killed but warn death and injury toll may hit 100 from this morning's quake.
The tremor occurred at 8.02 am local time in Lushan county and the epicentre had a depth of eight miles, state news agency Xinhua reported.
Around 100 people have been killed or injured after an earthquake struck China's southwestern province of Sichuan, according to state media.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 has struck off northern Japan.
The US Geological Survey recorded the quake at 3:05am GMT. It later put the depth of the quake at a relatively shallow six miles.
There was no tsunami warning issued immediately after the quake.
A couple from Dumfries who moved to Abu Dhabi have been left shaken by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Iran at 10.44am GMT.
31-year-old Mark Proudlock and his wife Laura, 30, moved to the middle-east last year and he said the earthquake is the worst he has have ever felt:
– Mark Proudlock, Abu Dhabi
"Our apartment is on the 5th floor of the building and the earthquake shook us off our couch.
"I grabbed my keys and ran down the stairs. All of the alarms were going off and none of the lifts are working.
"All of the dishes have fallen off the shelves and the pictures have come off the wall.
"It is the second one in a week, but this is by far the worst.
"It was scary".
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake reached a depth of 9 miles and tremors were felt across the United Arab Emirates and India.
The earthquake struck near the south-western town of Kaki, around 60 miles south of Bushehr where the country's only nuclear power station is situated.
Some 10,000 people live in the affected area spread across more than 50 villages, BBC News reports. Photographs appeared to show buildings completely flattened by the tremours.
The BBC also cites the local governor as saying that 700 houses have been damaged and 200 families affected.