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Britons reported safe after deadly Lombok earthquake – Foreign Office

At least 15 people were killed and more than 160 others injured when the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island on Sunday morning.

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

Officials said on Monday that they would continue to monitor the search and rescue operation on Mount Rinjani amid reports that there are more than 500 tourists trapped on the mountain.

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Villagers clear debris caused by the earthquake in Sajang village, Sembalun, east Lombok (AP)

More than 1,000 homes were damaged on the island after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit on Sunday morning at a shallow depth, which tends to inflict greater devastation.

Rescuers were trying to reach a suspected more than 500 people trapped after climbing up the active volcano, according to reports.

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Earthquake survivors receive medical treatment at a temporary shelter in Sembalun, east Lombok (AP)

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “Embassy officials are in close contact with Indonesian authorities about the search and rescue operation on Mount Rinjani.

“A number of British nationals are confirmed safe; we are continuing to monitor the situation.”

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The spokeswoman was unable to immediately confirm whether the Britons were rescued from the mountain.

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Tourists flock to Lombok for its hiking trails and beaches (PA)

Lombok, which lies east of Bali, attracts tourists from across the globe with its hiking trails and beaches.

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