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Photos: Japanese volcano erupts for first time since 2007

Japan's Mount Ontake volcano erupted for the first time since 2007 on Saturday, trapping more than 100 climbers who were near the summit, and injuring several who were farther down, BBC News reports.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent soldiers to help rescue the hikers, some of whom were stuck in lodges near Mount Ontake's summit. The eruption sent ash and rocks flying through the air, and residents in a nearly three-mile radius were warned to be wary of debris. Below, images of the volcano's eruption and its aftermath. --Sarah Eberspacher