Heavy Rocks kills Russian Mountain Climber at Mount Fuji

A falling rock killed a Russian national climber at Mount Fuji near the summit of Japan’s highest peak, police and news reports said Monday.

According to the Police, a woman in her 20s was fatally injured in the morning while approaching the top of the 3,776-metre (12,388-foot) volcanic mountain.

“Rescuers and a doctor rushed to the site but she was later confirmed dead,” a local police official told AFP.

Public broadcaster NHK and other local media identified her as a 29-year-old Russian national living in Tokyo with a Japanese husband.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people including many foreigners climb Mount Fuji, which is regarded as a holy mountain in Japan.

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The official climbing season runs from the start of July to the end of August.

Snow-capped for most of the year, the mountain’s summit is regarded as dangerous during the off-season due to its steep slopes and constant gusts.

The conical-shaped mountain, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Tokyo, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013.

Source: AFP

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