Japanese volcano erupts – level 3
This footage filmed by a Japanese hiker shows the eruption of Mount Ontake on Saturday.
The hiker can be seen moving down the volcano in an attempt to outrun the huge plume of volcanic ash.
Terutoshi Kuroda said he was on the Outaki trail close to the summit at 2,800 metres above sea level, when, at about at 11:45 local time, he and his fellow hikers noticed a massive billowing ash cloud above them.
His footage has captured people trying and failing to outrun a massive dark cloud before they were forced to cover their mouths and take shelter, as ash and rocks rained upon them.
Kuroda says he and his companions made it safely to a lodge and off the mountain.
Twelve bodies have been recovered from the peak but at least 36 are feared to have died.
At least 69 people have been injured, 30 of them seriously.
Difficult words: footage (video), huge (very big), plume (cloud), billowing (growing), take shelter (to find a safe place), lodge (a small house), peak (top of a mountain).
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