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Japan's Mount Ontake erupts

Updated 10:30 AM ET, Thu October 2, 2014
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Rescuers walk in line after a search operation near the peak of Japan's Mount Ontake on Wednesday, October 1. Efforts to recover bodies from the erupting volcano have resumed after search teams had been hampered by gas and hot ash shooting into the air. At least 47 people were killed when the volcano erupted over the weekend. Asahi Shimbun/AP
Rescue workers board a military helicopter heading to the top of Mount Ontake on October 1. Jiji Press/AFPGetty Image/
A military helicopter leaves a temporary landing site for a rescue mission on Monday, September 29. Witnesses described hearing a sound like thunder as the volcano began to erupt two days earlier. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters and members of Japan's military conduct a rescue operation on an ash-covered hillside near the peak of Mount Ontake on Sunday, September 28. Kyodo News/AP
Plumes of smoke and ash billow from Mount Ontake as it continues to erupt on September 28. Kyodo News/AP
Climbers descend Mount Ontake on September 28. Kyodo News/AP
A helicopter lifts a survivor from the ash-covered top of Mount Ontake. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters and members of Japan's military conduct a rescue operation at a mountain lodge near the peak of Mount Ontake. Kyodo News/AP
Rescuers assist an injured person on September 28. Kyodo News/AP
Rescuers walk through ash covered-structures while searching for victims on September 28. Kyodo News/AP
Plumes of smoke and ash rise over Mount Ontake on Saturday, September 27. Kyodo News/AP
An aerial view shows the dense white plume of Mount Ontake rising high into the sky. Kyodo News/AP
Dense fumes are spewed out from several spots on the slope of Mount Ontake. Yomiuri Shimbun/Toshihiko Kawaguchi/AP
Climbers flee the mountain as the eruption coats the area in a layer of ash. Kyodo News/AP
Local authorities say there were roughly 250 hikers in the area at the time of the eruption. Kyodo News/AP
A mountain lodge is covered in ash. Kyodo News/AP
Smoke and ash rise from the summit crater of Mount Ontake. Kyodo News/AP