Volcano hikers speak of terror after Indonesia quake

As many as 820 people were on Mount Rinjani when the quake struck making two trails impassable

As many as 820 people were on Mount Rinjani when the quake struck making two trails impassable

"There are still 560 people trapped", said the head of Rinjani national park Sudiyono, who goes by one name.

"543 hikers have been evacuated - they arrived last night", National Disaster Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP.

"We did not detect any potential for a tsunami but the quake lasted quite a while in all regencies and municipalities in West Nusa Tenggara province, spreading panic among the people", BMKG Mataram head Agus Riyanto said in a report by the Jakarta Post.

"I felt the earth move. and thought 'Huh?"

The final six trekkers reached the bottom of the mountain on Tuesday morning, bringing to a close a massive search and rescue effort involving nearly 200 personnel, Nugroho told CNN.

Her father, Ismail Abdul Raffar, said his son-in-law Mohd Hafiz Kassim, 30, had left for Lombok at 8am to settle matters there.

Most of the trekkers reached the base of the mountain by late Monday evening, according to I Gusti Lanang Wiswananda, a spokesman for Mataram search and rescue agency.

The 3,726 metre-tall (12,224 feet) Rinjani is the second-highest volcano in Indonesia and a favourite among sightseers. The shallow quake set off landslides on the mountain that's carpeted in boulders and rocks, blocking usual paths out.

Thirty-six of them were due to fly home today via Kuala Lumpur while the others wait for their flights to be rescheduled.

More than 335 people were injured, many by collapsing buildings. 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".

Earthquakes are common in Indonesia, which is located on the seismically active "Ring of Fire" on the rim of the Pacific Ocean.

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