Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Indonesia earthquake Over 500 tourists rescued

Indonesia earthquake Over 500 tourists rescued

The epicentre of the quake 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 foreigners include 311 from Thailand, 26 from Germany, 24 from the Netherlands and 16 from Britain, Sudiyono said.

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

Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said there were 203 aftershocks throughout July 29, following the quake.

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"All of them were rescued safely and are in a good health condition", he told Xinhua.

Hundreds managed to find a way down on Sunday and over 500 more reached safety Monday night.

Standing outside a green tent set up on a dusty field, she said nothing was left of her house. At least 543 tourists have been rescued from a mountain in tourist destination of Lombok Island of central Indonesia after a strong quake cut off routes, a government official said on Tuesday. "Some people were injured by rocks falling off the mountain".

The quake, which rocked Lombok island early on Sunday morning when many people were still asleep, sent villagers fleeing from their beds and into fields to avoid collapsing buildings.

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Hundreds of foreign hikers were among the 600 rescued from the 3,726 meter (12,224 ft) mountain, said Nugroho.

A Malaysian tourist was among the dead, with another six citizens injured, the foreign ministry in Kuala Lumpur has said.

Hiking at Mount Rinjani had been suspended due to landslides but the Bali airport was operating normally, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta tweeted.

There have been more than 270 aftershocks after the initial powerful natural disaster.

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Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean.

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