Volcano erupts near Japanese ski resort, avalanche claims life

Kusatsu ski area. Photo: Shutterstock

Skiers at Kusatsu-Shirane in Gunmo Prefecture on Japan’s main island have been injured from a volcanic eruption and resulting avalanche that has caused at least one death.

The Guardian reports 12 injured and one soldier dead after a volcano erupted during a military snow training exercise. Five skiers were seriously injured but are not considered critical. Though twelve were reported to have been caught in the avalanche.

CBC news in Canada, reports that rocks from the volcanic eruption smashed windows on the resort’s gondola. Rocks can be strewn up to two kilometers from an eruption of this force.

While The Wall Street Journal reports that 40 000 towns people have been evacuated to safe shelter.

The town of Kisatsu Onsen is

Kusatsu Onsen is about 3 hours from Tokyo.

This comes off the back of a snow storm in central Honshu that is playing havoc with commuters in Tokyo who have been stranded in train stations that have been shut down and travelers at Narita Airport have been forced to sleep overnight in the terminal after planes were diverted, unable to land on the snow laden runways.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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