Footage broadcast on Japanese television showed thick black smoke interspersed with falling rocks rolling down the snow-covered side of the volcano towards a ski slope.
A volcano eruption by a popular Japanese ski resort has prompted an avalanche, leaving one person dead and injuring at least 16 others. Officials warned the volcano could still spew more rocks and ash.
An annual high school mountaineering expedition has turned fatal after an avalanche struck. Eight students were found 'without vital signs' - deaths must be confirmed by doctors in Japan before officially reported.
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The late-season avalanche hit the cross-country skiers as they walked up towards a summit. It is unclear how the snow became dislodged and swept them away.
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