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Hundreds of hikers stranded on tourist island mountain after Indonesia quake

Hundreds of hikers stranded on tourist island mountain after Indonesia quake

Hundreds of trekkers, including three Australians, are heading down Mount Rinjani on Indonesia's Lombok after a powerful 6.4 magnitude natural disaster struck the tourist island, terrifying the climbers as boulders tumbled down the slopes of the volcano.

Rescuers are racing against the clock to evacuate more than 560 people from Mount Rinjani on Lombok after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the island in West Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday morning (July 29). Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

More than 120 aftershocks were recorded, the biggest measuring 5.7, according to Indonesia's meteorological agency.

A STRONG quake has shaken Indonesia's Lombok Island, killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens more.

"There were waves in the pools but only for 20 to 30 seconds", he said via telephone.

At least 14 people were killed and 40 others injured.

The quake was centred 50km north-east of the city of Mataram on the northern part of Lombok island, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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He said some suffered light injuries and were traumatized, but most were in good condition.

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.

Television footage showed residents remaining outside, fearing aftershocks, as the injured were being treated on mattresses taken out of their partially damaged houses and patients were wheeled out of a hospital.

"Fortunately there was no panic during the quake even though it was quite strong", said Lilis Letisha, receptionist at the Ombak Paradise Hotel on Gili Air island.

It is frequently hit by quakes, majority harmless.

The Lombok quake struck at 6.47am (local time) on Sunday at a shallow depth of seven kilometres, which would have amplified its effect. Bali and Lombok airports are still operating, the spokesperson said.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the world´s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.