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Japanese volcano’s eruption captured by hiker

Mount Ontake, a volcano 125 miles west of Tokyo, erupted early Saturday. 


EJ Dickson

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Posted on Sep 27, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:31 pm CDT

The Japanese volcano Mount Ontake erupted early Saturday, killing one woman and injuring more than 30 people.

The volcano, which last erupted in 2007, is popular with hikers. At one point, more than 250 hikers were trapped on the mountain, although Japanese news outlets are reporting that most of them have been rescued. A medical emergency team has been dispatched to rescue the 41 hikers still trapped on the mountain.

One hiker managed to take footage of the eruption, which has been sending ash pouring down the mountain for more than two miles.   

As of Saturday afternoon, the volcano is still erupting. “It’s all white outside, looks like it has snowed,” one mountain hut employee told Reuters. “There is very bad visibility and we can’t see the top of the mountain.”

H/T Uproxx | Screengrab via DoctorButtsMD/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 27, 2014, 2:31 pm CDT