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Seven students and one teacher from Otawara High School in Tochigi Prefecture died Monday after being caught in an avalanche at a ski resort during a climbing event in the town of Nasu, an official with the Tochigi Prefectural Police said.

The police official said 40 people were injured, adding that the department received an emergency call alerting it to the avalanche at Nasuonsen Family Ski Resort at around 9:20 a.m.

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