Japan volcano: 30 hikers feared dead


Rescuers have found 30 lifeless hikers near the peak of Mount Ontake, after Saturday's sudden volcanic eruption.

The hikers were not breathing and their hearts had stopped, reports said. Final confirmation of death in Japan always comes via a medical examination.

About 250 people were trapped on the slopes, but most have got down safely.

The volcano, about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted suddenly on Saturday, spewing ash and rocks.

Ordinarily it is a popular place to see autumn foliage.


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