Japan Volcano Victims Leave Photos of Last Moments – ABC News

Izumi Noguchi
FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 file photo found in a camera possessed by 59-year-old hiker Izumi Noguchi, a construction worker, who fell victim to the eruption of Mount Ontake, and was offered to Kyodo News by his wife, Hiromi, Friday, Oct…. View Full Caption The Associated Press
FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 file photo found in a camera possessed by 59-year-old hiker Izumi Noguchi, a construction worker, who fell victim to the eruption of Mount Ontake, and was offered to Kyodo News by his wife, Hiromi, Friday, Oct. 3, Noguchi poses on the summit of Mount Ontake shortly before the eruption of the volcanic mountain in central Japan. Noguchi was climbing alone, as his usual hiking companion, his wife Hiromi, had to work, she told Japanese broadcaster NHK and other TV stations. His compact camera was banged up, but the memory chip inside was undamaged. She printed all 100 shots. The last one is of an enormous plume billowing from the crater behind a mountaintop lodge. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT Close The Associated Press
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The victims include hiking enthusiasts from a major insurance company. Members of a group of nature lovers studying wild plants. A construction manager who snapped about 100 photos — found on his scratched and dented camera — to show his wife what she was missing because she had to work that day.

More than 50 people died when Mount Ontake, a popular hiking destination in central Japan, erupted without warning on Sept. 27 in the country’s deadliest volcanic eruption since World War II.

Together, they paint a typical picture of weekend recreational hikers in Japan. A few children and senior citizens, but mostly middle-aged working people enjoying the first Saturday …read more