More than 500 hikers and their leaders were successfully evacuated from an Indonesian volcano after a fatal earthquake triggered landslides that detained them on the mountain, officials said Tuesday.
Tons of rock and mud were hitting Mount Rinjani in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake, killing the early Sunday, followed by dozens of aftershocks, blocking migrant routes that cross the mountain.
"543 hikers have been evacuated – they arrived last night "said the spokesman for the national disaster agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho to AFP.
"There are now six people left … They are all safe and sound."
Hikers were able to descend the mountain on Monday after the guides discovered an alternative route that remained untouched
Most trekkers As I said, Gusti Lanang Wiswananda, a search spokesperson for Mataram, reached the base of the mountain on late Monday evening.
"They were all tired but in good shape condition and were checked by our medical teams on the ground on arrival," he told AFP.
Hundreds of other hikers managed to get off the mountain on Sunday, according to the officials.
At least 16 people were killed in the earthquake in the affected areas of Lombok while hundreds of buildings including a health clinic were destroyed.
The quake caused panic on the resort island and sent locals and tourists to their homes and hotels.
Helicopters and search parties were deployed to comb the slopes of the volcano and dispose of food supplies for those stranded on the mountain.
Hikers descended the mountain on Monday after leaders discovered an alternative route untouched by the landslide of