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Japan Rescue Search for Victims of Mount Ontake Volcano Eruption

More than 30 people were presumed dead on Sunday near the peak of a Japanese volcano, Mount Ontake, that erupted unexpectedly a day earlier while it was packed with hikers out to admire autumn foliage, sending a huge cloud of ash and rock tumbling down its slopes.
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Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers run to assist in a rescue operation near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, Sept. 29, 2014.
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Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers run to assist in a rescue operation near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, Sept. 29, 2014.

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and police officers take part in a rescue operation near the peak of Mount Ontake. More than 500 rescuers resumed the search for victims of the volcano on Monday, central Japan, Sept. 29, 2014.
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Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and police officers take part in a rescue operation near the peak of Mount Ontake. More than 500 rescuers resumed the search for victims of the volcano on Monday, central Japan, Sept. 29, 2014.

Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, Sept. 29, 2014.
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Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, Sept. 29, 2014.

This aerial picture shows rescue workers and Self Defense Force soldiers searching for missing climbers and survivors among ash-covered mountain cottages and a Shinto shrine (above) on the top of Mount Ontake at Nagano prefecture, Sept. 28, 2014.
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This aerial picture shows rescue workers and Self Defense Force soldiers searching for missing climbers and survivors among ash-covered mountain cottages and a Shinto shrine (above) on the top of Mount Ontake at Nagano prefecture, Sept. 28, 2014.

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