VIDEO: ‘We thought we all were going to die’: Ash rains down on climbers as they flee erupting Japanese volcano

ashWalkers at the top of a Japanese volcano were forced to run for their lives after it started to erupt without warning yesterday, sending a cloud of ash and rock streaming down the mountainside.

Within seconds, the cloud covered an area more than two miles wide from the summit of Mount Ontake with witnesses claiming that visibility was reduced to zero. MORE