An avalanche in central Japan killed 7 high school students and a teacher who were among a group of almost 50 on mountain climbing training during an avalanche alert.

The avalanche swept down the hill-side near a ski slope in Nasu, 160 km north of Tokyo, where 40 high school students, accompanied by eight teachers were climbing. Thirty-eight of the group were injured and two were in critical condition, according to government officials.

Avalanche incidents happen in Japan, once or twice per year. An avalanche warning from a local meteorological observatory was in place for the area @ the time of the accident.

Japanese authorities said there would be an investigation into why the group was climbing during an avalanche alert.

Reuters / AA Magnum News 2017.

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