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An natural disaster measuring 6.4 magnitude on the Richter Scale struck off eastern Indonesia on Sunday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

"I thought I was going to die", John Robyn Buenavista, 23, an American who was at the summit when the quake hit, told Reuters.

Villagers clear debris caused by an quake at Sajang village, Sembalun, East Lombok, Indonesia, Monday, July 30, 2018. It felt like it lasted forever.

Hundreds of people, including a group of 239 from Thailand, are now making their way down a mountain on which they have been trapped since Sunday's quake.

"I got out of my bed and then I saw a landslide (with) rocks falling down".

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

A team of about 165 rescuers is expected to reach a crater lake where the foreign and Indonesian trekkers are trapped by late afternoon, said Mount Rinjani National Park chief Sudiyono.

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"There are now six people left".

During a visit to the island Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced each damaged property would receive 50 million rupiah ($3468) in aid to help them rebuild, according to state news agency Antara.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Indonesia during this hard time, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery".

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

Hundreds of tourists are making their way off 12,224ft Mount Rinjani after the 6.4-magnitude tremor on Sunday. Officials said 280 aftershocks followed the initial quake.

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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