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Quake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island, USGS Says

Hundreds of tourists stranded on Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok by an natural disaster that killed 16 people and triggered landslides are making their way off the mountain, shaken by their experience but mostly unharmed, an official said Monday.

According to National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, there were an estimated 820 people on the 3,726 meter (12,224 ft) mountain when the shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck Sunday morning.

He said 617 of those trekking at the time were foreigners.

It was reported that some 30 Malaysians are still trapped at the foot of Mount Rinjani.

Mount Rinjani national park, a popular destination with hikers, is closed over fears of treacherous slides.

A magnitude-6.4 quake is considered strong and capable of causing severe damage.

Some 200 people from 35 families whose house were damaged or destroyed had pitched tents there.

Bali and Lombok airports are still operating, the spokesperson said.

In 2016 a magnitude 6.5 quake struck off the north-east coast of Sumatra island, killing dozens of people and more than 40,000 having to leave their homes.

In February, an quake of that strength hit Taiwan, killing 17 people and injuring hundreds more.

The tremor also triggered a large landslide from Mount Rinjani.

More than 38,000 people remained under evacuation orders on Sunday in and around the city of Redding, about 257 km north of the state capital Sacramento.

The major quake was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, Indonesia's top tourist destination.

The 6.4 natural disaster resulted in 14 deaths, injuries to 162 people, including six Malaysians, and the destruction of thousands of homes on the island neighbouring Bali.

Anci, a villager from near the quake epicenter, said he and his family spent the night in a makeshift tent, anxious that aftershocks could cause more buildings to collapse. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is due to visit the island this morning, his spokesman said.

In 2004, a devastating magnitude 9.3 undersea quake off the coast of the western Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered tsunamis.

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

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