Volcano hikers tell of terror after Indonesia quake

20 NUS students caught in Lombok quake

20 NUS students caught in Lombok quake

A number of Britons have been confirmed safe after an quake on Indonesia's Lombok island killed at least 15 people and injured more than 160 others, the Foreign Office has said.

It is not known whether those rescued from the mountain will require additional medical treatment.

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain.

Around 550 people, including foreigners, were stranded on Mount Rinjani after the quake made two trails impassable.

"On behalf of the people of Singapore, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Indonesia and the families affected by the disaster", said PM Lee in his letter. After a visit to the island Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that Rp50 million ($3,400) would be allocated for rebuilding each extensively damaged house.

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.

Indonesia straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

The 40,000 kilometer (25,000 mile) area stretches from Japan and Indonesia on one side of the Pacific, all the way across to California on the other.

"We were still sleeping when we felt the natural disaster, so we rushed outside of our building", Jean Paul Volchaert, who owns the Puncak Hotel in West Lombok, told CNN.

A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani was among those killed.

CNN has obtained video footage from a Thai hiking group who were on the volcano when the quake hit, which shows large dust clouds covering the slopes of Mount Rinjani as a result of the earthquake-induced landslides.

Lombok's Sembalun district appeared to be the hardest hit, the Indonesian Red Cross posted on Twitter.

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