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Japanese hiker’s frightening video catches Mount Ontake’s eruption


This footage filmed by a Japanese hiker shows
the eruption of Mount Ontake on Saturday. The hiker can be seen moving down the volcano
in an attempt to outrun the huge plume of volcanic ash. Terutoshi Kuroda said he was on the Outaki
trail close to the summit at 2,800 metres above sea level, when, at about at 11:45 local
time, he and his fellow hikers noticed a massive billowing ash cloud above them. His footage has captured people trying and
failing to outrun a massive dark cloud before they were forced to cover their mouths and
take shelter as ash and rocks rained upon them. Kuroda says he and his companions made it
safely to a lodge and off the mountain. Twelve bodies have been recovered from the
peak but at least 36 are feared to have died. At least 69 people have been injured, 30 of
them seriously.

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6 thoughts on “Japanese hiker’s frightening video catches Mount Ontake’s eruption

  1. Was this not a pyroclastic flow? I always thought these clouds that spill down were superheated and poisonous.

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