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Incredible Video Captures Volcano Eruption In Japan, Climbers Fleeing For Their Lives

Mt. Ontake volcano erupted Saturday in Japan, sending a massive ash cloud into the sky. Update: 36 people are believed to have died in the eruption.

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The volcano, located in central Japan, erupted at 11:53 a.m. Saturday. Twitter user @setori_ posted a photo from the volcano crater just moments before the eruption.

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"Seven people were lightly injured and one person suffered serious injuries as a result of the eruption," a Nagano prefecture fire department spokesperson told Reuters.

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10:27 PM - 26 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Japanese Meteorological Agency raised the volcano alert level for Mt. Ontake to 3 on a scale of 1 to 5.

JMA issues Level 3 alert for Ontakesan #volcano after eruption today injures ~ 10 hikers. #Japan

Steve Herman@W7VOA

JMA issues Level 3 alert for Ontakesan #volcano after eruption today injures ~ 10 hikers. #Japan

11:22 PM - 26 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Aerial pictures from Japanese state broadcaster NHK showed nearby buildings blasted with volcanic ash.

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11:10 PM - 26 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Other people in the area posted images of smoke and ash rising over Mt. Ontake.

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