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Japan to launch investigation into deadly avalanche

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 00:51

An avalanche in central Japan kills seven high school students and a teacher who were among a group of almost 50 on mountain climbing training. Ryan Brooks reports.

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A day on from the deadly avalanche that claimed the lives of seven high school students and a teacher, the focus for Japanese authorities on Tuesday (March 28), why the group was climbing this mountain when a danger warning was already in place. Officials say they're launching an investigation into what was reportedly a mountaineering exercise held on a hillside north of Tokyo. Thirty-eight people were injured in total, two of them in a critical condition. Hundreds of emergency service workers were quickly called in to find the climbers. Rescuers battling blizzard conditions as they combed the slopes where disaster struck. Heavy snow fall has been reported in the area in recent days. Local officials say avalanches do occur from time to time, but this was the fist fatal one to strike in at least three years. .

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Japan to launch investigation into deadly avalanche

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 00:51