Published on : Monday, March 27, 2017
More than 60 students were participating in a climbing session near the Nasu Onsen resort, 93 miles north of Tokyo, when the incident occurred. Japanese authorities have found eight people with no vital signs however is yet to announce the death number before doctors’ confirmation.
Japan’s Self Defense Forces have been asked to help with the disaster response. The Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, said the government would ensure the rescue was a top priority.
Following the avalanche, there was heavy snowfall overnight. According to Japan Meteorological Agency data, more than 1ft (30cm) of snow accumulated in the Nasu highlands between midnight and 9am in Monday morning.
The climbing trip reportedly began on Saturday and involved students from seven high schools along with instructors. Monday’s activities had been due to end about two-and-a-half hours after the avalanche struck.