Hikers Tell Of Terror After Indonesia Earthquake

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Hundreds of people trapped on a volcano on the Indonesia island Lombok were making their way off the mountain Monday after a magnitude 6.4 quake struck the tourist destination, killing 16 people. Mount Rinjani, whose last eruption was in 2010, is approximately 12,224 feet tall.

At least 16 people were killed by falling debris and more than 350 were injured by Sunday's 6.4-magnitude Quake, majority seriously, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

More than 500 hikers and guides stranded by landslides on an Indonesian mountain after an quake have returned to safety, with some recalling their terror when tonnes of rock cascaded down. In addition, another 40 people are believed to be trapped in the nearby district of Batuceper.

He said the family had only found out about Siti's death via media reports. A Malaysian tourist also died.

Sutopo claimed that "at least 260 people had already been evacuated by Sunday afternoon".

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Trekkers typically take two days and a night to get to the crater rim of Rinjani and back down again, the national park says on its website.

Videos given to CNN by a Thai trekking group, Trekmania, who were on Rinjani when the natural disaster struck show enormous clouds of dust covering the slopes of the mountain, triggered by the landslides. One of the hikers from the group, Tipatai Phusit, claims that he witnessed people being hit by falling debris. "I saw people fall off, but it's a blur".

In an official letter circulated among the related institutions, Zainul wrote that based on observations in the field he declared the emergency status for Sembalun and Sambelia, two districts facing the most destruction after the quake.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) stands beside Nusa Tenggara Barat Governor TGB Zainul Majdi while talking to natural disaster victims inside a makeshift tent at Madayin village in Lombok Timur, Indonesia, July 30, 2018.

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

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