Latest News Wires Death toll rises on Japanese volcano Mount Ontake (+video)

The official death toll from Saturday's eruption of Mount Ontake rose to 47 Wednesday. This is Japan's worst volcano tragedy in postwar history. 

By , Associated Press

One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.