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Indonesia's Lombok earthquake: Hundreds trapped on mountain

On the Indonesian island of Lombok with mount Rinjani managed to evacuate 540 climbers, who were trapped after a strong quake.

Wiswananda said one Indonesian hiker died on the mountain and a 30-person rescue team was escorting the six remaining trekkers down from Lake Segara Anak, near Rinjani's summit. The hiker who perished was reportedly struck and killed by falling rocks and debris.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 6.4 magnitude quake was 0.8 miles west of Lelongken, Indonesia, and had a depth of 4.4 miles.

Authorities expected 500 trekkers to arrive at the foot of the mountain by 5 p.m, said Agung Pramuja, a disaster mitigation official in Indonesia's region of West Nusa Tenggara.

A 6.4-magnitude natural disaster struck Indonesia's Lombok and Sumbawa islands on Sunday, killing at least 14.

The hikers, said to be from several countries such as France, the United States, Thailand, Germany and the Netherlands among others, could be rescued only after their guides found an alternate route to come down the mountain.

According to official figures, close to five thousand people were sheltered after collapsing their homes and because of the fear of aftershocks.

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain.

Among the dead are one Malaysian, with six injured, the Malaysian foreign ministry said.

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.

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

Indonesia is prone to quakes as it lies in vulnerable quake-affected areas called the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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