Saturday, 1 August 2015

Mount Ontake searchers recover body from September eruption

A body recovered after search operations on Mount Ontake resumed was identified as that of a 45-year-old man from Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture, the Nagano Prefectural Police said Saturday.

The body of Tetsuya Inooka was found Friday on the mountain that straddles the border between Nagano and Gifu prefectures. His remains were identified by relatives as well as DNA analysis.

Police concluded Inooka died after being hit by falling rocks during the sudden eruption last Sept. 27.

Inooka was one of six people still been listed as missing in the wake of the 3,067-meter-high volcano’s eruption.

“I’m relieved (the body) was found early,” said Koichi Inooka, Tetsuya’s 53-year-old brother. “I want to say ‘Welcome home.'”

Inooka was on the mountain with his wife, Hiromi, 42, when the volcano erupted. Hiromi was later found dead.

Inooka’s body, buried under a layer of volcanic ash, was found shortly after midday by a search team dispatched from the Gifu side.

Saturday 1 August 2015


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