An avalanche in the eastern Japan prefecture of Tochigi killed eight students

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Eight people including high school students appeared to show no vital signs. A local fire department said over 30 people had also been injured in the avalanche and three are missing. The avalanche occurred on the upper part of a slope at the ski resort, which had ended this season’s ski operation last week. A 33-centimeter snow was recorded in the town in an eight-hour period, which led the Japan Meteorological Agency to issue previously an avalanche advisory. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a parliamentary session that his government “will make every effort to respond to the disaster.” Bad weather is hindering rescue operations, and helicopters have been unable to reach the site. Television footage showed heavy snow on the mountain.

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