Quake hits Indonesia: Nearly 700 hikers trapped in volcano

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The earthquake triggered landslides

The 6.4-magnitude temblor, with an epicentre not far from the base of Mount Rinjani volcano, struck the island on Sunday.

They included hikers from the United States, France, Germany, Thailand and The Netherlands, search and rescue officials said.

The magnitude 6.4 quake early Sunday killed 16 people, including an Indonesian student who was among the Mount Rinjani climbers.

"There are still about 10 people up there but they are all Indonesians", he said.

Most of the hikers and guides were able to walk down after a safe route was found for them but some were flown out by helicopter.

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

"I thought I was going to die", John Robyn Buenavista, 23, an American who was at the summit when the quake hit, told Reuters.

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Standing outside a green tent set up on a dusty field, she said nothing was left of her house.

"I got out of my bed and then I saw a landslide (with) rocks falling down".

Rising some 3,726 metres (12,224 feet) above sea level, the peak is the second-tallest volcano in Indonesia and a favourite among sightseers keen to take in its expansive views.

There were 189 foreigners among the hikers rescued from Mount Rinjani on Monday by a team consisting of civilians, soldiers and police, according to agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho.

Thirty-six of them were due to fly home today via Kuala Lumpur while the others wait for their flights to be rescheduled. A local hotel owner, Jean Paul Volchaert, reported his own experience of these aftershocks, saying, "we felt aftershocks for two hours after the initial natural disaster, so we're anxious that there could be more damage caused".

Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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