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Trapped Lombok hikers descend from volcano

Trapped Lombok hikers descend from volcano

Mount Rinjani National Park chief, Sudiyono, said more than 800 tourists were registered to climb Rinjani, an active volcano, when a strong natural disaster rocked Lombok early Sunday.

Arifianto, who uses one name, said rescuers will escort trekkers down the mountain.

Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said there were 203 aftershocks throughout July 29, following the quake.

Kathryn's aunt Victoria Toas said: 'They actually believed the volcano was erupting until they spoke to us and we told them it was an natural disaster.

About 560 people - hikers and their guides - have been evacuated from the Mount Rinjani volcano in Indonesia, after being trapped in Sunday's quake.

Some 800 trekkers were on the mountain when the quake struck including citizens from Britain, United States, France, the Netherlands, Thailand, Germany and many other countries, according to search and rescue officials.

According to the AAP, the National Disaster Management Agency said rescuers extracted 543 hikers after the powerful quake that left 16 dead and another 350 injured.

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

Around 16 people were killed as well as a 30-year-old Malaysian woman who died on the mountain.

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

The initial natural disaster on Sunday was followed by 60 smaller quakes, according to the BBC, with the largest reaching magnitude 5.7.

They could not be admitted to the local public clinic, known as Puskesmas, due to fears that the building may collapse from aftershocks.

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