30 Hikers killed by the Mount Ontake volcano eruption in Japan which erupted without warning (40 photos)

Rescue workers are continuing to pull injured and trapped hikers from Mount Ontake in the wake of the sudden volcano on Friday which is believed to have killed more than 30 people.

Many of those still stranded have been taking refuge in mountain lodges – some are injured and unable to descend on their own, while others are unwilling to take the risk.

However, a group of hikers first reported missing near the summit are now presumed dead. The group were located by police in a state of ‘cardiac arrest’ – but police declined to confirm their deaths pending a formal examination, as per Japanese custom. Continue Reading

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