Japan's Self-Defence Force's helicopter takes part in rescue work at a ski resort nearby Kusatsu-Shirane volcano in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo,in this photo taken by Kyodo on January 23, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
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Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden eruption, officials said.The four civilian skiers did not have life-threatening injuries, Gunma prefectural disaster officials said.Town officials said everyone on the mountain has been accounted for, and all of about 80 skiers who took refuge at a gondola station at the top of the ski slope were brought down to the foot of the mountain, some by a military helicopter, others by snowmobiles.An eruption of Mount Ontake in 2014 killed about 60 people.
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