Japan Mount Ontake volcano: Death toll reaches 47

Japan's volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan

Mt. Ontake eruptionThis aerial picture shows white smokes rising from Mount Ontake at Nagano prefecture, one day after Japan's volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan by JIJI PRESS/AFP

Rescue workers in Japan have recovered more bodies from Mount Ontake, bringing to 47 the number of those killed by Saturday's volcanic eruption.

The search resumed despite fears of toxic gases and another eruption.

The number of those unaccounted for is unknown but estimates say hundreds were at the summit at the time. Dozens were injured by falling debris.

Since then, volcanic tremors have been continuously detected with smoke still coming out of the volcano.

Japan's volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan

Police had earlier put the latest death toll at 48 but then revised it down by one.

The majority of bodies found near the summit on Wednesday were hikers, according to local police.

Helicopters have been used to bring the dead down from Mount Ontake.

Around 1,000 troops, police and fire fighters are involved in rescue operations.

The relatives of the dead and missing are waiting for news in a town hall in the nearby area of Kiso.






Japan's volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan
In a Youtube video taken on the day of the eruption, hikers run for their lives as a huge cloud of ash travels down the side of the volcano


Japan's volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan
Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and firefighters make rescue works among mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash near the peak of Mt. Ontake by Reuters
























































Japan's volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan

Danger continues


Experts have warned that the eruption is ongoing.

Seismologists had noticed increased seismic activity on Mount Ontake ahead of the eruption, but were still unprepared for what ensued.

The mountain, which is about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, is one of Japan's 110 active volcanoes.

Its eruption on Saturday is the worst volcanic disaster in Japan for 90 years.

Source: BBC