Japan avalanche injures sixty; eight climbers feared dead

Published on : Monday, March 27, 2017

avalancheMore than 30 people have been injured following an avalanche at a ski field in Japan. also, eight high school students are feared dead from this calamity.


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.

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