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8 students feared dead in Japan avalanche

  • Rescuers carry the people who got injured in an avalanche at a ski resort in Nasu, Tochigi prefecture, Monday,  March 27, 2017. Authorities said six Japanese high school students have been found unconscious after they were caught in the avalanche Monday morning.  (Kyodo News via AP)

    Rescuers carry the people who got injured in an avalanche at a ski resort in Nasu, Tochigi prefecture, Monday, March 27, 2017. Authorities said six Japanese high school students have been found unconscious after they were caught in the avalanche Monday morning. (Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Firefighters make rescue operation at a ski resort following an avalanche in Nasu, Tochigi prefecture, Monday,  March 27, 2017. Several high school students are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday during a mountain climbing outing at a ski resort. (Kyodo News via AP)

    Firefighters make rescue operation at a ski resort following an avalanche in Nasu, Tochigi prefecture, Monday, March 27, 2017. Several high school students are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday during a mountain climbing outing at a ski resort. (Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescuers carry the people who got injured in an avalanche at a ski resort in Nasu, Tochigi prefecture, Monday,  March 27, 2017.  Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday during a mountain climbing outing at a ski resort, authorities and media said.  (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

    Rescuers carry the people who got injured in an avalanche at a ski resort in Nasu, Tochigi prefecture, Monday, March 27, 2017. Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday during a mountain climbing outing at a ski resort, authorities and media said. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday during a mountain climbing outing at a ski resort, authorities and media said.

The avalanche occurred about 9:20 a.m. in the town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, about 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of Tokyo.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said eight people were found with no vital signs. Japanese media identified them as students, and said they were among more than 60 students and instructors from seven high schools who were on the slopes. The ski season had ended at the resort.

The disaster agency said many others were injured in the avalanche. Rescue operations continued into the afternoon.