Despite the advanced technology devoted to the monitoring of seismic and volcanic activity, the unexpected eruption of the Japanese volcano Mount Ontake proves that Nature can still surprise us.

The unexpected eruption led to a heavy death toll; there are 36 people confirmed dead and many other were injured as 250 hikers were caught unawares by a deluge of red hot hail and rocks.The search for the bodies of the unfortunate hikers has now had to be called off amidst fears that the eruption is intensifying. Reports from the Japanese meteorological agency stated that volcanic tremors in the area could mean that another explosion was on the way.
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