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Seven missing in eruption

Climbers descend Mt. Ontake to flee as the volcanic mountain erupts in central Japan, Sept. 27. With a sound likened to thunder, the 3,067-meter (10,062-foot) mountain spewed large white plumes high into the sky, sending people fleeing, covering surrounding areas in ash, with more than 250 people stuck on the slopes for hours, many taking refuge in mountain lodges that dot the way up.

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Climbers descend Mt. Ontake to flee as the volcanic mountain erupts in central Japan, Sept. 27. With a sound likened to thunder, the 3,067-meter (10,062-foot) mountain spewed large white plumes high into the sky, sending people fleeing, covering surrounding areas in ash, with more than 250 people stuck on the slopes for hours, many taking refuge in mountain lodges that dot the way up.



TOKYO — A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and stranding at least 40 injured people in areas that rescue workers have been unable to reach...

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