More than 90 tremors hit parts of Yunnan province in southwest China in just three days.
Chinese state television showed the scale of the destruction as aftershocks continued to make their presence felt.
No casualties have been reported but more than 8, 000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
SOUNDBITE: Local resident Jin Mifang saying (Mandarin):
"I don't have a house any more. I don't know where to stay."
Temporary shelters have been set up for more than 80, 000 people in Yingjiang county which bore the brunt of the tremors of up to 4.9 magnitude.
The region lies along a seismic belt.
In 2008 it was hit by a big earthquake that claimed the lives of almost 90, 000 people.