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Japan Rescuers Battle Erupting Volcano to Save Stranded Hikers
Rescue workers finally reached the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, only to make a grim discovery on Sunday.
Firefighters and members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces carry a person rescued from a cabin, top left, near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. An estimated 40 people were stranded at mountain lodges overnight, many injured and unable or unwilling to risk descending 3,067-meter (10,062-foot) Mount Ontake on their own. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITKyodo News via AP