Victims of 2014 Mt. Ontake eruption mourned

The victims of the eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan seven years ago have been commemorated in a ceremony at the foot of the mountain.

The eruption on September 27 in 2014 left 58 people dead, with five others still unaccounted for. It was the worst volcanic disaster in postwar Japan.

A memorial service to offer flowers for the deceased was held by Otaki Village, Nagano Prefecture, on Monday.

This year, ceremony attendees were limited to local government officials to prevent crowding amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Some bereaved relatives and others gathered near the ceremony site.

At 11:52 a.m., the exact time of the eruption, all the participants offered a silent prayer for the victims while facing a cenotaph that marks the tragedy.