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Japanese Volcano Erupts Without Warning

Earlier this morning, Mount Ontake erupted without warning. The volcano is in central Japan and caught a number of people by surprise.

The volcano is a favorite among mountain climbers, and many people had hiked up the mountain to see the changing tree colors. One woman has been killed by the initial blast, and more than 30 were injured. Ten people were knocked unconscious when the unexpected eruption occurred.

There were more than 250 climbers on the mountain when it erupted, but about 230 have safely arrived at the bottom. The remaining 41 or so people still on the volcano, hope to be able to climb down tomorrow. The police have sent up 80 people with medical workers to assist in the evacuation.

The blast threw tons of ash into the air and has covered an area up to two miles from the volcano and flights have been diverted because of it. No lava has been reported so far.

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Keywords: Mount Ontake, volcano, erupted, Japan

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Ellis wrote on September 29, 2014, 8:22 PM

I saw the videos the hikers took at the time...pretty frightening

oldies909 wrote on September 29, 2014, 10:08 PM

Wow scary when they erupt. Glad things weren't worse.

tinamarie wrote on September 30, 2014, 1:58 PM

Sounds scary and I hope everyone will be alright.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 30, 2014, 3:41 PM

I imagine it was pretty freaky to be hiking and suddenly have a volcano erupt.

Feisty56 wrote on September 30, 2014, 7:04 PM

I can only imagine the terror the hikers must have felt as they realized the volcano was about to erupt.

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