More than 500 hikers stranded on mountain after Indonesia quake

Cheryl Sanders
August 9, 2018

The 6.4-magnitude temblor, with an epicentre not far from the base of Mount Rinjani volcano, struck the island on Sunday.

Authorities said more than 500 people, mostly foreign tourists, have already come down from the mountain but 266 are still trapped up there.

The tourism minister also praised the rapid response demonstrated by tourism stakeholders in Lombok, especially services of provincial tourism associations in facilitating the bereaved families of the Malaysian tourist killed in the event.

The quake was centred on the northern part of Lombok but was also felt on the resort island of Bali to the west.

He said the ground shook violently and people lay down until the tremors stopped.

After two days stranded on an Indonesian mountainside, trapped by earthquake-triggered landslides, the final six hikers awaiting rescue have reached safety, officials said.

Helicopters and search teams were deployed to scour the volcano's slopes and drop food supplies for those stranded on the mountain.

A local hotel owner told CNN many residents were still asleep when the quake struck at 5.45 a.m. local time Sunday (6:45 p.m. Saturday ET).

The spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, reported that around 689 people are still trapped on the volcanic mountain after having been caught in landslides on the slopes of Mount Rinjani caused by the deadly quake that struck Lombok Sunday morning.

There have been more than 270 aftershocks after the initial powerful natural disaster.

The natural disaster on Sunday morning killed 16 people, including an Indonesian student who was climbing the volcano.

Malaysian tourist Siti was reportedly found dead, crushed by a collapsed wall, at that location.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - a horse-shoe-shaped string of volcanoes, natural disaster sites and tectonic plates that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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