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More Stunning Footage Of Japanese Volcanic Eruption That Killed At Least 36 People: VIDEO

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Over the weekend, Mounta Ontake in Japan erupted killing at least 36 individuals. Previously, we showed you footage of the eruption captured by hikers in the region. Now, new video from AFP shows just how quickly the volcanic ash spread. Experts now warn that further eruptions could be possible.

The LA Times reports on the havoc unleashed by the Volcano:

At 11:52 a.m. Saturday, authorities said, Mt. Ontake erupted without warning, spewing smoke and ash and, apparently, toxic fumes.

On Sunday, authorities said four hikers were confirmed dead and an additional 27 bodies were found on the mountain about 150 miles west of Tokyo.

At least 30 more people were injured, and a search and rescue crew including helicopters and about 300 people was dispatched to the area.

Naofumi Miyagi, spokesman with the Nagano prefecture police, said all 31 victims found lifeless showed signs of cardiopulmonary arrest; autopsies were conducted on four hikers who were brought down from the mountain Sunday afternoon.

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Hiker Captures Dramatic Footage of Enveloping Ash Cloud During Japanese Volcano Eruption: WATCH

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Dramatic footage from the the Mount Ontake volcanic eruption in central Japan over the weekend, as hiker Kuroda Terutoshi and his party race to find safety from the ash cloud chasing after them. 

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The Guardian reports on the rising death toll:

Five more bodies have been found near the peak of an erupting Japanese volcano, before rescuers were forced to suspend their search due to fears of toxic gas.

The grim discovery brings the number of people feared to have died in the Mount Ontake eruption to 36. The volcano erupted without warning during a busy hiking weekend. [...]

A Japanese army official who took part in the search said rescuers had worn helmets, bullet-proof vests, goggles and masks to protect themselves from any fresh eruption.

“I saw rocks up to probably one metre across [that had been thrown through the air],” he said, adding the search had been difficult and involved digging through ash.

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Papua New Guinea Volcano Erupts In Spectacular Fashion: WATCH

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Check out this incredible footage off the coast of Papua New Guinea of Mount Tavurvur blowing its top off late last month.

If you watch closely, you can even catch the shock wave ram the air above the volcano - compressing the water vapor in the sky and forming a halo-like cloud. 

Speaking to the Brisbane Times, Australian tourist Phillip McNamara, who filmed the video, said it was a "spur of the moment thing" to head out and record the eruption, and when the sonic boom hit the tourist party, they "absolutely crapped themselves." 

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And if you would rather more close-up footage of a volcano - check out this insane video of an daredevil taking a GoPro camera and diving into an active volcano.

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Man Takes His GoPro And Dives Into An Active Volcano: VIDEO

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GoPros have a way of getting around and recording amazing things, from inside the Olympics to sea-dwelling horrors to an action-packed flight through Metropolis. Sam Cossman blows them all away as he takes his GoPro along for the Marum Volcano expedition and records diving into an active volcano

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Drone Captures Awesome Footage Of Erupting Volcano: VIDEO

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Ever wanted to hover above a volcano while it erupts? Probably not...until now. YouTube user Shaun O'Callaghan uploaded footage taken by a DJI Phantom quad-copter drone as it floated above the Yasur volcano on the island of Vanuatu, and the results are stunning.

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Erupting Volcano Creates New Island Off the Coast of Japan: VIDEO

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An erupting undersea volcano has caused a new island to form off the coast of Japan, the AP reports:

Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 660 feet in diameter. It is just off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, which is also known as the Bonin Islands.

The approximately 30 islands are 620 miles south of Tokyo, and along with the rest of Japan are part of the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire."

The coast guard issued an advisory Wednesday warning of heavy black smoke from the eruption.

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