World News – Eight people were killed when an avalanche struck a Japanese ski resort on Monday, police said.
Dozens of high school students and about 12 teachers had been taking part in a mountain climbing safety training exercise in the Nasu area, which is located about 100 miles north of Tokyo.
Tatsufumi Sekine, a local disaster management official, told NBC News that seven of the victims were male students while the eighth was a male teacher.
Two other people suffered serious injuries, and 36 people were being treated for non life-threatening injuries, according to Kazuya Nagai, a spokesman for Tochigi Northeast Area Fire Department Operation Center.
Japanese media said the students were participating in a three-day training program for members of mountaineering clubs from local schools.
Heavy snow had fallen