Indonesia Earthquake Latest: Death Toll Reaches Over 300

Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

Witnesses have reported buildings collapsing in the latest series of tremors to hit the island - following Sunday's fatal quake in Lombok.

Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

The buildings still standing have been weakened, . and the authorities say the number of dead and injured is likely to increase as rescue efforts continue.

Many people used the word "selamat" - meaning "to survive" - as they wrote about the magnitude 7.0 quake, which, CBS reports, killed at least 131 people.

Just days after a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster hit the northern tip of Indonesia's Lombok island, a magnitude 6.2 aftershock rocked Lombok on Thursday, sparking fresh panic on the tropical tourist island reeling under a series of tremors in the past two weeks.

It said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victims of the recent quake on Lombok island.

Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi. The BNPB, however, said the verified death toll stood at 164 as of Wednesday.

The disaster agency spokesperson said over 1,400 people were hospitalized, while 270,168 were displaced.

Muhammad Zainul Majdi, governor of the West Nusa Tenggara region which covers Lombok, said there was a dire need for medical staff, food and medicine in the worst-hit places.

The new tremor hit off the north-west coast of Lombok, sending people running into the streets in panic.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", said Indonesian Red Cross spokesman Arifin Hadi.

"We still have supplies for the next few days, but I'm not sure about after that", Billa Rabbani, a spokeswoman from the Peduli Anak orphanage, told AFP.

Many people on the island have been using Facebook's Safety Check feature - launched in 2014 - which allows users to notify their friends and relatives that they are safe after disasters.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

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