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Deadly lava selfies

Deadly lava selfies

I've told you how dangerous selfies can be, especially near train tracks, with bears, and don't forget tigers.

Sadly, though I would think the danger is pretty obvious, we should probably add "erupting volcanoes" to the risky selfie list.

The Japanese volcano Mount Ontake is a popular destination for hikers. It erupted in September of this year and claimed 57 lives, with six more people still unaccounted for. It was the country's deadliest volcanic eruption since World War II.

As rescuers searched for survivors, several hikers' bodies were discovered - and most of them were clutching their phones. Those phones revealed that shortly before they died, hikers were taking selfies and other photos with the approaching ash cloud.

One victim's widow has released her husband's photos taken shortly before his death.

Hiromi Noguchi told The Guardian, “This is an amazing photo. But I wish he had fled instead of taking pictures. I’d rather have him back,” she said of her husband, Izumi. “I hope to hike up there someday, perhaps 10 years later. I want to see what my husband saw.”

Next page: See the dramatic photos taken during the eruption
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