Published: March 27,2017
Seven high school students and a teacher were killed Sunday after an avalanche struck a Japanese ski resort, authorities say.
According to the BBC, the avalanche struck early Monday near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, some 75 miles north of Tokyo.
The Japan Times says the seven boys and teacher were found with no vital signs and later confirmed dead by medical professionals. Another 40 were injured at the Nasuonsen Family Ski Resort.
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The students were taking part in a mountain climbing lesson when the avalanche occurred, along with students from seven other schools.
The region has received heavy snow over the past two days and avalanche warnings remain in effect, weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce said.
Self-Defence Forces sent personnel to the area on a disaster relief mission, Kyodo news agency reported.
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