BREAKING NEWS: Japan’s national media has reported that 30 hikers have been found in a state of “cardiopulmonary” arrest near the peak of the volcano that erupted on Saturday. The victims have been described as not breathing and their hearts have stopped, which is the customary way for Japanese authorities to describe a body until police doctors can examine it. An official from Nagano prefecture police told the AP news agency that details of where the bodies were found on Sunday, or their identities, were not immediately known.
Rescuers are continuing the search on Mount Ontake in central Japan. The volcano erupted shortly before noon on Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. About 250 people were initially trapped on the slopes, but most had made their way down by Saturday night. Thirty hikers found in “cardiopulmonary” arrest near top of erupting Mount Ontake in central Japan.