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Several Hundred People Stranded on Lombok Volcano

Jakarta (July 30, 2018): Several hundred trekkers stranded on Mount Rinjani on Indonesia’s Lombok Island, a day after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist destination.

Sixteen people were killed and hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the shallow 6.4-magnitude quake, which sent people running from their homes early in the morning of Sunday.According to an international news agency, two helicopters had been deployed to take the trekkers off the mountain and distribute food.

According to the spokesperson of a local disaster agency, out of 820 people on the slopes of the volcano when the quake struck, 246 had been successfully evacuated. While he also mentioned that 617 of those trekking at the time were foreigners.According to international news agency, there are still 560 people trapped. Five hundred are in Segara Anakan area, and 60 are in Batu Ceper.

Earlier, The Lombok quake struck at 6:47 a.m. and was only 7 km deep, a shallow depth that would have amplified its effect. It was centered 50 km (31 miles) northeast of the city of Mataram, but it was also felt strongly to the west on the neighboring island of Bali.

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