Over 500 hikers stranded on Lombok’s Mount Rinjani after 6.4 magnitude earthquake
“There are still 560 people trapped. Five hundred are in Segara Anakan area, and 60 are in Batu Ceper,” said the head of Rinjani national park Sudiyono, who goes by one name.
Helicopters and safeguard groups by walking have been sent to scour the slants of Mount Rinjani, which is mismatched with climbing courses well known with mountaineers.
Sixteen individuals were killed and many structures were devastated by the shallow 6.4-greatness shake, which sent individuals running from their homes at a young hour toward the beginning of the day of Sunday.
The quake also dislodged tonnes of rock and mud on Mt. Rinjani, leaving people with no easy way down.
Rising some 3,726 meters (12,224 feet) above sea level, the peak is the second-tallest volcano in Indonesia and a favorite among sightseers keen to take in its expansive views.
Hiking trails on the mountain were closed following the quake due to fear of further landslides.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Lombok´s main city Mataram, the United States Geological Survey said, far from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island.
The initial tremor was followed by two strong secondary quakes and more than 100 aftershocks.