174 stranded Thais escape quake-hit mountain

30 July, 2018, 21:49 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Quake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island, USGS Says

A 30-year-old Malaysian woman visiting Mount Rinjani, a popular trekking destination, was among those killed, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the disaster mitigation agency spokesman.

At least 10 people died in the quake.

The quake early Sunday killed 16 people, including an Indonesian student who was among the Mount Rinjani climbers.

Thai diplomats based in Jakarta have coordinated with Indonesian officials to pick up the 174 Thai mountaineers who had already come down from the national park.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: 'Embassy officials are in close contact with Indonesian authorities about the search and rescue operation on Mount Rinjani.

"The quake killed at least 10 people, some 40 people are injured and dozens of houses were damaged", said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency.

"The main focus now is evacuation and rescue". More than 120 were recorded, the biggest with a magnitude of 5.7, Indonesia's meteorology agency said.

"Fortunately there was no panic during the natural disaster even though it was quite strong", said Lilis Letisha, receptionist at the Ombak Paradise Hotel on Gili Air island.

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It is frequently hit by quakes, majority harmless.

Masses of mud and rock broke free when the 6.4-magnitude quake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday and now the hikers have no safe way down.

A landslide triggered by the quake trapped a group of six at the crater lake of Indonesia's second-highest volcano, he added, with about 100 army, police and other rescuers working to get people down, while helicopters scoured for those still trapped. 12 people were injured and many fled into open fields away from collapsed buildings.

Picture: 9NEWSAround 500 trekkers are climbing down the slopes of Mount Rinjani on Indonesia's Lombok island. Shallow earthquakes tend to do more damage than deeper ones.

There is no tsunami threat because the quake occurred on land.

The Ring of Fire is an area in the Pacific Ocean where the Earth's tectonic plates collide, making it a hotspot for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In December 2004, a massive 9.1-magnitude natural disaster off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.



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