More Than 30 Feared Dead Atop Japanese Volcano

Hikers found at peak of Mount Ontake
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2014 6:34 AM CDT
More Than 30 Feared Dead Atop Japanese Volcano
Plumes of smoke and ash billow from Mount Ontake as it continues to erupt in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. An estimated...   (Uncredited)

Rescuers at the scene of a Japanese volcano that unexpectedly erupted yesterday have now found at least 30 people described as suffering cardiac and pulmonary failure, reports CNN; that's what the AP calls "the customary way for Japanese authorities to describe a body" until it can be declared dead by a doctor. "We have confirmed that more than 30 individuals in cardiac arrest have been found near the summit" of Mount Ontake, a police rep in Nagano tells the AFP, as per the BBC. Some 45 to 50 people were thought to have remained on the volcano overnight; search efforts resumed at daylight, and seven people were reported to have been rescued via helicopter. Bodies were being brought down the mountainside in a trek that takes about three hours, notes the AP. Up to eight inches of ash is covering Mount Ontake, adds the BBC. (More volcano stories.)

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