Japan Mount Ontake volcano
Mount Ontake Erupts (Yaxbalam/flickr)

Volcanic Eruption Kills Hiker

Forty-one people are stranded, seven still missing

Japan Mount Ontake volcano

For the first time since 2007, Japan’s 10,120 foot Mount Ontake erupted, killing one hiker, leaving 10 unconscious, and initially trapping hundreds of people, the BBC reports. According to Japan’s NHK News, all but 41 people have since descended from the mountain, though at lease seven remain missing. The mountain is a tourist draw during fall, NPR reports, which help accounts for the high number of people of injured and missing.

One hiker caught footage of the eruption on camera.


From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Yaxbalam/flickr