Deadly volcano in Japan

A deadly eruption catches hundreds of hikers unaware in clouds of rock and ash. [20 photos total]

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Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, September 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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A helicopter flies near rising smoke and mountain lodges (R bottom) covered with volcanic ash near a crater of Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures September 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Climbers and a car, covered with volcanic ash, are seen at a parking near Mount Ontake in Kiso town in Nagano prefecture, central Japan September 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Climbers descend Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, to evacuate as volcanic ash falls at the mountain in central Japan September 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and firefighters make rescue works among mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in this September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Climbers descend Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, to evacuate as the volcano erupts in central Japan September 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Climbers descend Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, to evacuate as volcanic ash falls at the mountain in central Japan September 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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An injured person is lifted by a rescue helicopter of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) at Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in this September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers and firefighters carry an injured person near a crater of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in this September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Smoke rises from Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures September 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Volcanic smoke rises from Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers and firefighters carry an injured person among mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash, near a crater of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in this September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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A man walks next to mountain lodges covered with volcanic ash near a crater of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in this September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers and firefighters climb up Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, for a rescue operation, September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan) #
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Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers and firefighters climb up Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, for a rescue operation, September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan) #
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A hiker is lifted by a rescue helicopter of Japan Self-Defense Force during a rescue operation at Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers and firefighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash as volcanic smoke rises near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Firefighters carry a hiker from a helicopter after a rescue operation near the peak of Mt. Ontake in Kiso town, Nagano prefecture, central Japan in this September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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Mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash are seen near a crater of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures September 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
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A police officer stands guard on a road to Mt. Ontake at Kiso town, in Nagano prefecture, central Japan in this September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #

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