Eight Japanese high school students were presumed dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday while being trained in mountain climbing at a ski resort, authorities and media said.
The avalanche occurred in the town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, about 120 miles north of Tokyo. Forty other people were injured, including two who were in serious condition, the prefecture said.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said eight people were found with no vital signs, though they had not been formally confirmed dead by medical personnel.
Japanese media said they were students who were participating in a three-day training program for members of mountaineering clubs from...