Magnitude 6.8 quake kills 7 in China's Sichuan

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake has struck China's inland province of Sichuan, killing at least seven people.

The China Earthquake Administration says the quake hit shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Monday. The epicenter was at a depth of 16 kilometers in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan.

Details, including how many people have been injured, are not yet known.

Images believed to have been taken immediately after the earthquake show parts of buildings collapsing and ceiling lights swaying violently.

The Chinese government has sent rescue workers to the affected areas.