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Searchers find 4 more victims on Japanese volcano after surprise eruption, raising toll to 51

  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel and other rescuers arrive to conduct search operations at the ash-covered Ontake Shrine near the summit of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Rescuers on Saturday retrieved four more bodies near the summit of the Japanese volcano that erupted last weekend, raising the death toll to 51, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel and other rescuers arrive to conduct search operations at the ash-covered Ontake Shrine near the summit of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Rescuers on Saturday retrieved four more bodies near the summit of the Japanese volcano that erupted last weekend, raising the death toll to 51, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescuers prepare to carry down the body of a newly-found victim at the ash-covered Ontake Shrine near the summit of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 4, 2014. Rescuers on Saturday retrieved four more bodies near the summit of the Japanese volcano that erupted last weekend, raising the death toll to 51, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Rescuers prepare to carry down the body of a newly-found victim at the ash-covered Ontake Shrine near the summit of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 4, 2014. Rescuers on Saturday retrieved four more bodies near the summit of the Japanese volcano that erupted last weekend, raising the death toll to 51, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • White plumes of gases and ash are spewed out from the summit crater of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Saturday morning, Oct. 4, 2014. Rescuers on Saturday retrieved four more bodies near the summit of the Japanese volcano that erupted last weekend, raising the death toll to 51, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    White plumes of gases and ash are spewed out from the summit crater of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Saturday morning, Oct. 4, 2014. Rescuers on Saturday retrieved four more bodies near the summit of the Japanese volcano that erupted last weekend, raising the death toll to 51, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say four more bodies have been found near the summit of a Japanese volcano that erupted last weekend, raising the death toll to 51.

Nagano prefecture said in a statement that more than 900 rescue workers resumed searching the slopes Saturday after rain had halted their activity the day before.

The four bodies were near the ash-covered summit area of Mount Ontake. Many hikers had been resting at the summit area or having lunch during the surprise eruption a week ago. It was not immediately known if the four were among the 16 that authorities said are believed still missing.

Authorities have said most of those who died were hit by boulders or rocks.