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    Mt Ontake in Japan erupts, hundreds of hikers trapped

    'Mount Ontake in Japan erupted before noon on Saturday, Sept 27, spewing a large ash plume 3 kilometres up the sky, trapping at least 250 climbers near its summit and injuring at least 8 hikers, reports NHK World TV.'

    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/56782...m#.VCZ5s8saySM

    Ominously, one hiker seems to have been very close to the eruption, which spewed hot ash miles into the air.

    Jon Passantino (@passantino) tweeted at 8:39am - 27 Sep 14:

    Hiker on Mt. Ontake tweeted this photo of the volcano crater one minute before the eruption, and hasn’t tweeted since pic.twitter.com/B5S2O6SH9q (https://twitter.com/passantino/statu...52674096971776)
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    The New Paper (@thenewpaper) tweeted at 9:00am - 27 Sep 14:

    WATCH: Hiker posts video right after Japan's Mount Ontake erupts ow.ly/C0Qv0 pic.twitter.com/YfqGSBCf8I (https://twitter.com/thenewpaper/stat...57921775656960)
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    電子演算 (@DNS_ENZN) tweeted at 6:33am - 27 Sep 14:

    御嶽山噴火したらしいですが、ここで鹿児島の日常を見てみましょう pic.twitter.com/8pBi6H0byL (https://twitter.com/DNS_ENZN/status/515720824070733824)
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    Videos, details and many more terrifying photos at this link:

    http://space.io9.com/violent-eruptio...pan-1639813357
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    Wow. It is a miracle anyone walked off that volcano. I do wonder about health issues later from the gases and ash inhaled.

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    excellent video here

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201.../#.VCaqMJUtD4h

    amazing these people got out
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    Now reporting that 40 injured people remain trapped as rescuers can't reach them, and seven are missing.

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/t...eported/nhW4N/
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    I just heard on BBC Radio that it's now dark (night as well as ash) on the mountain and there are an unknown number of people still trapped up there. At least some of whom are unconscious.

    Does anyone know why they'd be unconscious? Would it be the ash?
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    'Rescuers believe that at least 40 people are stranded near the 3,067 metre summit of Mount Ontake due to the lingering ash cloud.
    Sohei Hanamura, crisis management official in the Nagano prefecture which controls the area said police, fire, and military rescue workers can only ascend the mountain on foot as it is too dangerous to deploy helicopters to the area.
    Rescuers fear that the helicopters would suffer catastrophic engine damage if they ingested the highly abrasive volcanic dust.'image.jpg

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    30 hikers discovered lifeless on Mt Ontake

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29399306

    Tragic news.

    It appears that 30 of the hikers did not make it. Death will not be confirmed until a medical examination has taken place, but all are described as not breathing and in cardiac arrest.


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    I'm going to ask a stpid question but aren't there usually signs that the activity in an active volcano are increasing before an eruption? As in why on earth would you go hike in an area where sesmic activity was on the increase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gracehatter View Post
    I'm going to ask a stpid question but aren't there usually signs that the activity in an active volcano are increasing before an eruption? As in why on earth would you go hike in an area where sesmic activity was on the increase?
    Several of the articles mention that none of the expected levels of activity were detectable on this occasion, so warnings were not given

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...o-traps-dozens

    An official at the volcano division of the Japan Meteorological Agency said that, while there had been a rising number of small earthquakes detected at Ontake since 10 September, the eruption could not have been predicted easily.

    “There were no other signs of an imminent eruption, such as earth movements or changes on the mountain’s surface,” the official told Reuters. “With only the earthquakes, we couldn’t really say this would lead to an eruption.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    Wow. It is a miracle anyone walked off that volcano. I do wonder about health issues later from the gases and ash inhaled.
    It's the sulphurous gases that are stopping rescuers getting up there to retrieve the dead, apparently. I've no idea what that does to a human being, but I guess it must be really bad.
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    I've toured a couple of 'quiet' volcanos. At Mt Etna in Sicily, it suddenly struck me that the huge rocks I was standing beside had been blasted out of the volcano - and if it decided to let rip a few more, I'd be dead.

    It's easy to be fooled by mother nature, is all I'll say. Oh, and I shan't be touring any more volcanos, quiet or not.
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    Three more bodies have been retrieved today, following rains that have slightly improved conditions. 16 people were reported still missing before today's recovery. I believe that brings the death toll to 50 so far.

    http://news.yahoo.com/three-more-bod...9UzhkAG6_QtDMD
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