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Ontake-san volcano
complex volcano 3063 m / 10,049 ft
Honshu, Japan, 35.89°N / 137.48°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) Ontake-san volcano eruptions:
27 Sep 2014, 2007, 1979-80, 774 AD
Typical eruption style:
explosive

Ontake-san volcano news & activity updates:

Ontake-san volcano (Japan): death toll from yesterday's eruption rises to more than 30

Sun, 28 Sep 2014, 06:52
06:52 AM | BY: T
In a screen grab from a YouTube video, hikers flee from Ontake on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Japan.
In a screen grab from a YouTube video, hikers flee from Ontake on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Japan.
Yesterday's eruption might have caused more than 30 fatalities, Japanese press reports. Most of them were apparently killed by heart and respiratory failure after inhaling ash when caught in the outer areas of a pyroclastic flow or ash cloud descending the mountain.
At least 40 people were severely injured and 250 climbers were initially left stranded on the mountain.
AP reported that 7 people were rescued by helicopter. Rescue operations are in full swing on Japan's second highest mountain.
JMA raised the alert level to 3 and declared a 4 km exclusion zone around the volcano.
About 50 cm of ash have been deposited near the summit and up to 20 cm in lower areas.
Video taken from a hiker caught in the margins of the pyroclastic flow (otherwise he would not have survived):

Previous news

Sat, 27 Sep 2014, 20:59
Pyroclastic flow during Ontake volcano's eruption today (Asahi.com)
A large explosive eruption occurred at Japan's second highest volcano today at 11:56 local time. An explosion produced an ash plume that rose approx. 4 km and a large pyroclastic flow that swept down the southwestern flank. ... read all

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