Latest News Wires Death toll rises on Japanese volcano Mount Ontake

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.