Japanese authorities on Thursday called off the search for seven hikers still missing on a volcano that unexpectedly erupted last month, as wintry conditions made the search operation increasingly difficult.
Authorities found three more bodies on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano on Saturday after a search stalled by heavy rain resumed, while a typhoon threatened to further hamper the recovery operation.
Sixteen people remain unaccounted for on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said on Friday, as a typhoon looming off the coast threatened to further delay the stalled recovery operation.
Japanese rescuers Monday resumed a grim operation to recover more bodies after 31 people were believed killed in a volcanic eruption, as survivors told of seeing hikers die when tonnes of ash and rocks thundered from the sky.
After seven years, Japan's Mount Ontake volcano erupted again on Saturday, leaving many hikers and other people there stranded, and also injuring some 34 people as it sent a dense plume of smoke and ash billowing up in the air.
A woman was confirmed dead and about 16 other people remained unconscious after a volcano erupted in central Japan shortly before noon Saturday, the media reported, saying the eruption also injured dozens, with 25 in serious condition.
Investigators searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the remote southern Indian Ocean have released detailed images of the seabed - revealing features such as extinct volcanoes and 1,400-metre depressions for the first time.