The magnitude 6.4 quake early Sunday killed 16 people, including an Indonesian student who was among the Mount Rinjani climbers.
"The number of visitors successfully evacuated between Sunday and Tuesday came up to as many as 1,226 people, comprising 696 foreigners and 530 citizens of Indonesia", said Dr Sutopo, adding that the Mount Rinjani National Park will remain closed until further notice. It felt like it lasted forever.
Indonesian and foreign climbers are seen during walking down from Rinjani Mountain at Sembalun village in Lombok Timur, Indonesia, July 30, 2018.
"They were all exhausted, but in good condition and were checked by our medical teams on the ground upon arrival", Nugroho said.
At least 162 people were left injured following the tremor, 94 severely according to the Indonesian Red Crescent.
"I started running to the trail", he told Reuters by telephone from the Gili Islands, off Lombok's northwest coast, where he headed after a seven-hour trek to the foot of the peak. Also retrieved was the body of one victim.
"Our thoughts are with the people of Indonesia during this hard time, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery".
A local hotel owner told CNN many residents were still asleep when the quake struck at 5.45 a.m. local time Sunday (6:45 p.m. Saturday ET). Officials said 280 aftershocks followed the initial quake.
Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.
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