Nine killed in avalanche at Japanese ski resort

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Eight people, including high school teenagers, died in an avalanche that struck a Japanese ski resort on Monday.

NBC News reports, Tatsufumi Sekine, a disaster management official, said dozens of high school students and twelve teachers were doing a mountain safety exercise in the Nasu area when the avalanche hit.

Officials report that a call for help came in from a teacher around 9:20 a.m. local time. Eight students and one teacher died.

A local meteorologist in the area had issued an avalanche warning just hours before the incident. Officials said the students were part of a mountaineering club that had planned to climb the mountain that day but instead decided to practice mountain survival training due to heavy snowfall the previous night.

Tochigi Northeast Area Fire Department Operation Center said two others suffered serious injuries and 36 people were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the ski resort’s website, the resort, which is about 100 miles north of Tokyo, had been closed since last Monday.

H/T: NBC News

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