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The students camped at an open area in Sembalun in north-east Lombok after the quake on Sunday

A man inspects the damage caused by the natural disaster in Lombok, Indonesia.

Hundreds of hikers including British tourists have been evacuated from an Indonesian volcano after landslides left them trapped on the mountain.

The rescuers managed to recover the corpse of Muhammad Ainul Taksin, a 26-year-old Thai hiker, who died of head injuries.

The quake was centred on the northern part of Lombok but was also felt on the resort island of Bali to the west.

"There are still about 10 people up there but they are all Indonesians", he said.

The magnitude-6.4 quake killed 16 people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and displaced more than 5,000 people on the tourist island of Lombok.

The 6.4 magnitude quake brought with it several aftershocks, after which tonnes of rocks and mud rained down the mountain blocking all the hiking routes.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) stands beside Nusa Tenggara Barat Governor TGB Zainul Majdi while talking to natural disaster victims inside a makeshift tent at Madayin village in Lombok Timur, Indonesia, July 30, 2018.

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.

"689 people are still trapped on and around the 3,726 meter (12,224 ft) mountain following the shallow 6.4-magnitude quake that struck Sunday morning", CNN quoted National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, as saying.

Some returned with harrowing tales of being caught out by the quake, which killed 16 people across the holiday island including one on the mountain.

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

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

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