The Washington Post is reporting that eight Japanese high school students are feared dead after being caught in an inbound avalanche Monday during a mountain climbing excursion at a ski resort. The slide occurred about 9:20am local time in the town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture located 129 miles north of Tokyo.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency found eight people with no vital signs and Japanese media identified them as students. The students were part of a group of more than 60 students and instructors from seven different highschools who were out on the resort for a climbing trip. The resort was closed for skiing for the season.
The disaster agency reports there were many more injured in the slide and rescue operations continued through the afternoon.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of these young people in Japan.