- Title: Hundreds brought down from slopes of erupting volcano in Indonesia
- Date: 29th September 2016
- Summary: SEMBALUN, INDONESIA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MOUNT RINJANI VARIOUS OF FOREIGNERS TAKING PICTURES (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) MOUNT RINJANI NATIONAL PARK OFFICER, TAUFIKUQURRAHMAN, SAYING: "The eruption was at 2:45 p.m. and then at 3:00 p.m.. The status was changed to an alert and we, the officials of the National Park, closed the park because we were worried there could be victims on Mount Rinjani because of the eruption." SENARU, INDONESIA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FOREIGN CLIMBERS WALKING DOWN FOREIGN CLIMBERS GOING INTO HOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM THE NETHERLANDS, JOSE, SAYING: "We just, we almost were at the top, when we heard the bang, and then we thought it was a thunder." REPORTER ASKING: "You heard bang and thunder?" "Ya, we thought it was thunder but we come up and they say 'oh, it's the volcano'." REPORTER ASKING: "And how do you feel about the eruption?" "No, I didn't see it, it wasn't that bad either." VARIOUS OF FOREIGNER CLIMBERS GATHERING CLIMBERS FILLING IN FORM (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) TOURIST GUIDE, IPIN, SAYING: "They were even happy hearing that sound and wanted to go there again." REPORTER ASKING: "They became curious?" "Yes, they are curious and wanted to hear more of the terrific sound." FOREIGNERS LEAVE NATIONAL PARK
- Embargoed: 14th October 2016 11:15
- Keywords: Indonesia volcano Lombok Mount Rinjani
- Location: LOMBOK, INDONESIA
- City: LOMBOK, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
- Reuters ID: LVA00151MAT6T
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- Story Text: Hundreds of climbers have been brought down safely from the slopes of an Indonesian volcano that erupted this week, the disaster agency said on Thursday (September 29), although the fate of several daredevil tourists who declined to leave was not clear.
More than 1,000 tourists including 639 foreigners were in Mount Rinjani National Park when Barujari, a smaller volcano within Mount Rinjani, began erupting on Tuesday (September 27), sending a plume of ash into the sky which fell back to coat vegetation.
The crater is about 8-10 hours walk from the entrance to the park.
Authorities have closed the park gates and told visitors to keep at least three km (two miles) away. "We closed the park because we were worried there could be victims on Mount Rinjani because of the eruption," said a park officer, Taufikuqurrahman.
The agency said in a statement on Wednesday (September 28) several tourists hoping to document the eruption had declined to leave and hidden from rescue workers.
"They were even happy hearing that sound and wanted to go there again," said Ipin, a tourist guide. "They are curious and wanted to hear more of the terrific sound."
Mount Rinjani, on the island of Lombok, just to the east of Bali island, is one of Indonesia's most visited active volcanoes.
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