JAKARTA, June 1 — RIA Novosti, Mikhail Tsyganov. Indonesian authorities on Monday began a mass evacuation of the mountain plateau Dieng in Central Java due to emissions of toxic gases from one of the craters located thereon, said on Tuesday the newspaper Jakarta Globe.
"In Timbang crater, one of the active craters (Plateau), phreatic eruption occurred (gas emissions without expiration lava)" — the official representative of the Office of Disaster Management (ULPSB) Indonesia Sutopo Nugroho Purva (Sutopo Purwo Nugroho).
Volcanic alert to level located approximately two kilometers altitude plateau raised from the second to the third (penultimate) level, and the area within a radius of a kilometer from the crater, in which there are several villages, declared a no-host of people.
"We have evacuated from the villages and Simbar Sumber 1000 179" — added Sutopo.
The first releases from the crater Timbang have neither color nor smell carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide gases were registered on Sunday, he said.
Dieng volcanic complex is one of the most remarkable, even in Indonesia, where there are about 600 volcanoes, making it the undisputed world champion in this field. It consists of two stratovolcanoes and more than two dozen individual craters of different sizes, the largest and most active of which are Timbang and Sinila. They are especially dangerous during the rainy season, when the clouds do not give free gas to dissipate, and in 1979, emissions of carbon dioxide from Timbanga led to the death of 149 people.
But more than this dress size six to 14 kilometers, which lies in the caldera of an exploding volcano in prehistoric times, it is known due to the fact that there were about 400 before the oldest of the surviving Hindu temples in Indonesia, the first of which were built in the VII century. Although of them have since been preserved only eight, Dieng (which means "Abode of the Gods"), still remains one of the most visited places in Java.