Volcano Eruption Kills More Than Two Dozen In Japan05:09
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A military helicopter leaves a temporary landing site for a resque mission on Mount Ontake in Otaki, Nagano prefecture on September 29, 2014.  (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
A military helicopter leaves a temporary landing site for a resque mission on Mount Ontake in Otaki, Nagano prefecture on September 29, 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Ontake — a volcano about 125 miles west of Tokyo — erupted without warning on Saturday as hundreds of people were hiking there to see the fall foliage.

Crews have been trying to recover the bodies of the dead, but they have been hampered by the release of toxic gases from the volcano.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, who is reporting from Mount Ontake.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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This segment aired on September 29, 2014.

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