More than 500 hikers evacuated from Indonesian volcano

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The quake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale, recorded on the island of Lombok and its multiple aftershocks caused the landslide, blocking the passage to walkers on Mount Rinjani, a volcano of 3,726 meters high.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency had said more than 680 people were stranded on Rinjani, an active volcano.

Among the dead was a 30-year-old female Malaysian tourist, Antara said, who Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mourned in a statement Sunday.

We will remind, on July 29 to the Indonesian resort island Lombok quake with a magnitude of 6.4.

"For supplies, they can still survive for another one to two days", Agus Hendra Sanjaya, spokesman for Mataram's search and rescue agency, said.

At least 543 tourists have been rescued from a mountain in Indonsia's Lombok Island following a deadly quake that killed 16 people and cut off routes, a government official said on Tuesday.

Tonnes of rock and mud were dislodged on Mount Rinjani in the 6.4-magnitude quake, which struck early Sunday and was followed by scores of aftershocks, blocking the hiking routes that crisscross the mountain. Out of 17 total fatalities, 12 were killed, 200 were injured and 7,600 people had to stay in shelters in the regency.

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

Challenging conditions, including more than 120 powerful aftershocks, meant numerous hikers were unlikely to reach the bottom...

On Sunday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that one Malaysian died and six others were injured from the quake.

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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