Mount Ontake Eruption News: Over 31 feared dead (Photos, Video)

Mount Ontake (御嶽山 / Ontake-san?), otherwise known as Mount Kiso Ontake erupted on Saturday, killing more than 31 hikers, Sunday, Nagano prefectural police department told reporters.

Mount Ontake eruption

The climbers near the peak of the mountain were caught by surprise when a huge cloud of white ashes poured out, as rocks tumbled down the slopes.

The victims were found in the state of cardiopulmonary arrest, as referred to by Sydney Morning Herald.

Mount Ontake eruption
On Sunday, hundreds of Japanese troops, including policemen were deployed to perform search and rescue operation.

Latest reports say, at least 40 people were found injured, sustaining suffocation and even broken bones.

"It's very hard to know what's happening on the mountain now and things could change", a Nagano prefecture official said.

Mount Ontake is located at about 200 kilometers west of Tokyo. People, comprised of Japan locals and tourists from around the world flock to the mountain during autumn.

Ontake San is the second highest volcano in Japan, measuring 3,067 m or 10,062 feet.

Watch: Mount Ontake eruption video

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