MO Tokyo - These haunting photographs capture the huge cloud of ash from a Japanese volcano that swept towards a hiker just seconds before killing him. The images - which were taken last Saturday on Mount Ontake - show the moments immediately after the volcano erupted, sending dense plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and leaving at least 47 people dead, with a further 16 people still unaccounted for.  Among the victims of the volcano was 59-year-old hiker Izumi Noguchi, whose body was found near Mount Ontake’s summit shrine compound.