At least eight people are believed to be dead and over 30 people injured following an avalanche north of Tokyo on Monday morning.
More than 60 students and a dozen teachers were participating in a mountain climbing safety training at the Nasu Onsen Family Ski Resort, about 150 km (120 miles) from Tokyo, when the avalanche hit around 9:30 a.m. JST.
Eight people have been located but remain unresponsive, a spokesman for Tochigi Northeast Area Fire Department Operation Center told NBC News.
Two other people are missing, and more than 36 are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the area received 33 cm (about 13 inches) of snow overnight, which is unusual for this time of year.
An avalanche advisory was issued for the Tochigi region by the agency for Monday.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available.