Thursday 22 March 2018

Injuries as volcano erupts near Japan ski resort triggering avalanche

Six soldiers training in the area were rescued after being buried by an avalanche.

Japan Volcano
Japan Volcano

By Associated Press Reporters

At least nine people have been injured in a volcanic eruption near a ski resort in central Japan, officials said.

Most of the injured were on the ski slopes, while some were in a gondola where glass was broken apparently by a flying rock, said Makoto Shinohara, an official in Kusatsu town.

Five people had broken bones, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The Japanese military said six soldiers who were among about 30 on ski training were buried by a nearby avalanche, but they were all rescued.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says snow-covered Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupted around 10am.

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