More than 500 hikers rescued from Indonesia's Mount Rinjani

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Around 16 people were killed as well as a 30-year-old Malaysian woman who died on the mountain.

Officials said the death toll from Sunday's quake, which was centred on the northern part of Lombok, but was also felt on the resort island of Bali to the west, stood at 16.

More than 600 were stranded on the side of the volcano but successfully climbed down the day after the quake struck, once landslides and debris were cleared from the two main paths by rescuers.

More than 220 people suffered serious injuries in the quake, Mr. Sutopo said.

Authorities expected 500 trekkers to arrive at the foot of the mountain by 5pm, said Agung Pramuja, a disaster mitigation official in Indonesia's region of West Nusa Tenggara.

Some 800 trekkers and their guides were on the mountain when the quake struck including citizens from the United States, France, the Netherlands, Thailand, Germany and 21 other countries, according to search and rescue officials.

The natural disaster has killed at least 16 people and caused landslides but no Thais were reported harmed, according to reports.

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Beyond all the challenges the rescue personnel must face, the Rinjani mission will provide our search and rescue workers new knowledge and experience they may need in the future. "Some people were injured by rocks falling off the mountain".

The volcano, which rises 3,726m (12,224ft) above sea level and is the second-highest one in Indonesia, is a favourite among sightseers.

The jolt was felt some 100km away on the bustling resort island of Bali, although there were no reports of damage there.

Among the dead are one Malaysian, with six injured, the Malaysian foreign ministry said.

President Joko Widodo visited affected areas esterday and promised financial support for those who have lost their homes.

Indonesia is particularly prone to seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", a chain of volcanoes and fault lines.

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