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Indonesia's Lombok earthquake: Hundreds trapped on mountain

Indonesia: More than 500 hikers evacuated from Mount Rinjani after Lombok earthquake

One of the climbers, Siti Hidayah Zainuddin, 38, said during the tragedy, she was with 19 other and they were arranging their backpacks before continuing with their expedition to the top of Mount Rinjani.

Foreign tourists saved by Indonesian joint rescue team came from Thailand, France, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, Britain, China, Singapore, Canada, Australia, Germany and several Middle East countries.

That's according to the National Disaster Management Agency after a powerful quake measuring 6.4 magnitude hit the popular tourist destination two days ago.

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

"They were all safe and sound", he added.

Hundreds of other hikers managed to get off the mountain on Sunday, according to officials.

Rescuers from the Indonesia's National Disaster Management Authority were dispatched to rescue and evacuate tourists from the mountain, with helicopters to be deployed to carry food and supplies to the area. "What's happening?'" she said.

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

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP that 543 people had arrived back at the foot of the mountain by Monday night.

A Malaysian tourist was among the dead, with another six citizens injured, the foreign ministry in Kuala Lumpur has said.

Its hiking trails were closed following the quake due to fear of further landslides. Officials said 280 aftershocks followed the initial quake.

The Lombok quake killed 16 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

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.

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