Rescue efforts on Mt. Ontake will resume later this morning as hopes diminish that survivors will be found near the peak after Japan’s second-highest volcano erupted two days ago, the nation’s second natural disaster in a month.
Four of 31 victims found without a pulse were brought down from the mountain yesterday. Rescue work was halted in the afternoon due to the strong smell of sulfur, public broadcaster NHK reported. There has yet been no official confirmation that any of those 31 are dead.