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Lombok earthquake: 543 hikers evacuated from Mt Rinjani

Media captionThe earthquake triggered landslides

More than 500 hikers who were stranded on a mountain on the Indonesian island of Lombok after an earthquake have been safely evacuated.

The 6.4 magnitude quake on Sunday triggered landslides around Mount Rinjani, cutting off escape routes.

At least 16 people on the island were killed in the quake and more than 330 were injured.

The national disaster agency said six people were still stuck on the mountain but that they were “healthy and safe”.

Most of the hikers were able to walk down after a safe route was found for them.

The volcano, which rises 3,726m (12,224ft) above sea level and is the second-highest one in Indonesia, is a favourite among sightseers.

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Some hikers needed medical treatment

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP that 543 hikers, many of them foreign tourists, had arrived back at the foot of the mountain by Monday night.

I Gusti Lanang Wiswananda, a spokesman for Mataram search and rescue agency, told AFP that they were all “tired but in good condition”.

Among the people killed by the quake were a Malaysian tourist on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani and a young Indonesian hiker, killed by falling rocks.

Hundreds of people in Lombok have been left homeless and are staying in temporary camps amid continuing aftershocks.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire – the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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