Anytime we imagine a volcano erupting, images of what it would have been like to live in Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius’ poisonous vapors and molten debris engulfed everything in sight always comes to mind. We can’t help but think of the worst case scenario.
On Saturday, Mt. Ontake in central Japan violently erupted, as frightened mountain climbers ran for their lives. Many witnesses said the eruption sounded similar to an intense thunderstorm.
In the clip above, captured by a spectator of Mother Nature’s fury, you can see plumes of smoke and ash being sent hundreds of feet into the air — leaving people in complete darkness. After the chilling experience, seven people went missing and about 40 more were stranded. It has been reported that at least 31 people have died.
At this time, rescue attempts to reach any remaining hikers on the mountain have been halted due to the uncertainty of the volcano’s activity, as well as the dangers of toxic gas and ash.
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