Lombok natural disaster: More than 500 hikers evacuated from Mt Rinjani

Lombok natural disaster: More than 500 hikers evacuated from Mt Rinjani

Lombok natural disaster: More than 500 hikers evacuated from Mt Rinjani

The epicentre of the natural disaster was 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Lombok's main city Mataram, the United States Geological Survey said, far from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island.

The stranded hikers were thought to include citizens from the United States, France, the Netherlands, Thailand, among others.

A 30-year-old Malaysian woman visiting Mount Rinjani, a popular trekking destination, was among those killed, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the disaster mitigation agency spokesperson.

By late afternoon, more than 250 people had reached a relief post in Sembalun village and a team of rescuers has reached hundreds more near the mountain's crater lake, a local military official, Arifianto, told Indonesian TV.

Six Britons who registered to climb the mountain are believed to have confirmed to officials that they have made their way safely to its base, while others may have gone unreported.

The spokesman revealed that a total of 1,090 hikers, including 723 foreign climbers, who had been stuck on the mountain after the quake, have headed down the flank of the volcano since Sunday.

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The team was sent after a magnitude 6.4 SR quake jolted Lombok on Sunday morning, July 29, leaving 16 people dead and scores of houses destroyed. "What's happening?'" she said.

The 3,726 metre-tall (12,224 feet) Rinjani is the second-highest volcano in Indonesia and a favourite among sightseers.

"I saw landslides and there were some people falling down".

On Sunday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that one Malaysian died and six others were injured from the natural disaster.

The initial tremor was followed by two strong secondary quakes and more than 100 aftershocks.

Indonesia is particularly prone to seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", a chain of volcanoes and fault lines.

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