Memorial Service Held 4 Yrs after Mount Ontake Eruption


Otaki, Nagano Pref., Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--A memorial service was held Thursday to mark the fourth anniversary of an eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan that left 58 people dead and five others missing.

Some 170 people, including bereaved families, participated in the ceremony, which took place in the village of Otaki, Nagano Prefecture, at the foot of the 3,067-meter volcano.

At 11:52 a.m. (2:52 a.m. GMT), the time when the eruption occurred on Sept. 27, 2014, the participants observed a moment of silence as a siren wailed to pray for the victims. In the eruption, many climbers were hit by rocks from the volcano.

The ceremony was sponsored by the village of Otaki and the town of Kiso in Nagano, also at the foot of the mountain, which straddles the prefectures of Nagano and Gifu.

"Over the past four years, we've worked hard to live as positively as possible by recalling the good times we spent with our lost families and friends," Koji Nagayama, a 48-year-old representative of the bereaved families who lost his daughter, then 11, in the eruption, said in a speech at the ceremony.

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