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Rescuers are still digging through the rubble in search of survivors after a 7.0 earthquake killed at least 98 people Sunday. More than 200 others were hurt and at least 20,000 people are now homeless, according to authorities.

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That earthquake struck the island of Lombok. Just a week before, the same area was hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake. Craig Chilton, from Utah, was on top of a volcano on the island when it happened.

Chilton grew up in Bountiful and attended BYU. He’s lived in Thailand with his family for the past year. A week ago, he traveled to Indonesia and hiked to the top of Mt. Rinjani. That’s when he thought he was going to die.

“It’s a little over 12,000 feet in elevation gain, and it’s pretty much straight up the whole way,” Chilton told KSL through a Facetime interview Monday. “The hike is definitely a grueling trek.”

Climbing Mt. Rinjani had always been on Chilton’s bucket list. The two-day trek to the rim of the crater isn’t for the faint of heart, but as Chilton’s photos show, hundreds of people attempt it every weekend.

“By the time I got up to the summit, there were already 150 to 200 people that were up at the summit too. With that many people in such a small space it was pretty packed in,” said Chilton.

Chilton made it to the very top of the volcano, but minutes after he snapped a few photos of the sunrise, disaster struck.

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