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31 feared dead after Japan volcano erupts

By Agencies in Tokyo ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-29 07:36:45

Mount Ontake crowded with hikers out to view colorful autumn foliage

The first deaths were confirmed on Sunday among more than 30 hikers feared killed near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted without warning, spewing ash, rocks and steam.

Rescue workers battling rocketing levels of sulfurous gas found 31 people in "cardiac arrest" near the summit of 3,067-metre Mount Ontake, which erupted around noon on Saturday, police and local officials said.

31 feared dead after Japan volcano erupts

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