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On Japan's Mt. Ontake volcano, a perfect day turns deadly for hikers
On Japan's Mt. Ontake volcano, a perfect day turns deadly for hikers

It was a perfect fall weekend, with sunny skies and the prospect of colorful autumn foliage. Hundreds of people flocked to Mt. Ontake in central Japan, planning to hike to its volcanic summit. At 11:52 a.m. Saturday, authorities said, Mt. Ontake erupted without warning, spewing smoke and ash and, apparently, toxic fumes. On Sunday, authorities said four hikers were confirmed dead and an additional 27 bodies were found on the mountain about 150 miles west of Tokyo. At least 30 more people were injured, and a search and rescue crew including helicopters and about 300 people was dispatched to the area. Naofumi Miyagi, spokesman with the Nagano prefecture police, said all 31 victims...

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