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Falling stone kills climber on Mount Fuji

Kyodo

A woman in her 20s was confirmed dead after being hit on her head by a falling stone while climbing Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, local police said Monday.

An ambulance was called at around 7 a.m., reporting that the woman climbing in a group had been injured near the top of the 3,776-meter volcanic mountain, local authorities said.

The group had hiked up a route from Yamanashi Prefecture, according to the authorities.

A route between a lodge located around 3,450 meters up the mountain and the summit has been closed following the accident.

Stones near the summit fell away after a typhoon last October, blocking a route to the summit. It was provisionally restored on July 9, but part of it remains narrow and some stones nearby are still covered with a net.

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