A volcano has erupted in central Japan, killing a Japanese soldier and injuring up to 14 others. The eruption reportedly triggered an avalanche that buried nearly a dozen skiers – six of whom were members of the Japan’s Ground Self Defence Force taking part in a training exercise. Details of the incident are still being confirmed by Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

The eruption came from Kasatsu-Shirane, a 2,160m volcano next to Kasustsu International Ski Resort in Japan’s Gunma prefecture.

Reports indicate that rocks were spat out of the exploding volcano, “raining down on skiers” up to two kilometres from the peak. An NHK broadcast showed a shattered gondola window at the ski resort. Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed that at least four people riding the gondola had been injured by broken glass.


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