Japan volcano: 2 more dead bodies found

2014-10-07 12:45
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Tokyo - Rescue workers on Tuesday found two bodies in the ash on a volcano in central Japan, where at least 12 hikers are still unaccounted for following an eruption known to have killed 51 others.

One body was air-lifted by military helicopter, according to a crisis-management official at the Nagano prefectural government.

Public broadcaster NHK said another had been found, but there were no details on how far the recovery had got.

It is unknown whether the bodies are those of some of the 12 people unaccounted for.

A search operation involving at least 1 000 police, troops and fire-fighters resumed early on Tuesday after a two-day hiatus because of atrocious weather.

Aerial footage showed rescuers walking with difficulty through a knee-deep clay-like mixture of ash and water.

The 3 067 metre Mount Ontake erupted without warning on 27 September, while it was packed with hikers.

Autopsies have revealed that walkers, many of whom had been enjoying lunch at the peak in the autumn sunshine, died largely from injuries caused by stones hurled out in the initial explosive eruption.

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