ANALYSIS: China Quakes Give U.S. Temblors Pause
In a nearby tent, a 68-year-old woman with a broken arm spoke of the terror she experienced when the quake struck.
"It was as if the mountain was alive," she told AFP. "Now I have no home to go to. So I don't know what I am going to do."
More than 17,000 soldiers and police had joined the rescue mission and five drones were sent to capture aerial images, Xinhua said, as well as aircraft carrying out rescue and relief work.
Some teams had to contend with roads blocked by debris, state television CCTV reported, while one military vehicle carrying 17 troops plummeted over a cliff, killing one soldier and injuring seven others, Xinhua said.
Rescue teams continued working as night fell, using audio, video and radar equipment as well as sniffer dogs to search for survivors, Xinhua reported.
Firefighters had pulled 91 people alive from the rubble, the news agency said, citing the Ministry of Public Security.
The disaster evoked comparisons to the 2008 Sichuan quake, the country's worst in decades, and President Xi Jinping ordered all-out efforts to minimise casualties, Xinhua said.