Visiting the area on the 22-23th February, two weeks after the major (VEI-4) eruption of 14th February. Visited the Volcano observatory (PVMG) on the 22th February, and they indicated that the activity-level was decreasing.
Approached the Volcano from Kediri side, did not venture, or have the intention of visiting the crater area, as this was off-limits.
The highlight of the visit, apart from: visiting the volcano observatory and seeing the impacts on the eruption, was meeting a local-resident who claimed he was the first person to visit the Volcano after the eruption, and he had taken photos. Suwarno told me that he normally works as a photographer at Kelud Volcano, earning his living of taking family-style photos of people visiting the Volcano. He claimed he visited the crater 5 days after the eruption (18th February). Police also confirmed to me that Suwarno really went to the crater area, as they had catched him on his way down. His two photos are posted below. Posted with permission from Suwarno.
Suwarno`s photos show that the lava-dome was displaced during the eruption (see photo comparison/nr.0, where I have combined one of my own photos from 2011, with Suwarno`s photo of 18th February), and a crater vent has appeared at the spot where the old-lava-dome was before the eruption. One of Suwarno`s photos also show that the volcano was degassing accompanied by ash-venting on the 18th February. The volcano was still showing a degassing-plume during my visit on the 22th February (see photos nr. 1-7)
As you approached 2.5km from the crater area, most of the vegetation is destroyed, particularly in the valleys below the crater area (see photo comparison photo nr. 18). Most of the trees are downed, a probable cause might well be pyroclastic flows/deposits. (see photos nr. 11-13, 15-21) Some valleys just below the crater-area (example: see photo nr.13) show pyroclastic material (or lahars?) that was still steaming during my visit.
From 3km and nearer you would see more volcanic-blocks that might as well be pieces of the lava-dome (see photos nr. 23-24)
From 2-7km from the Volcano, there was much more lapilli sized fragments than ash (see photo nr. 23-26). On distances more than 7km away from the crater-area, you would find more ash deposits, it seemed.
It was interesting to note that not much ash was deposited on the (western) flank of the Volcano. This could be explained by the fact that most of the ash was propelled into great heights and was dispersed further away from the Volcano, as we know it much ash was distributed in the areas west of the Volcano, also to far distances (central-java etc..)
22 February 2014.
Personal photos taken on the 22th February, from the Western-flank of the Volcano.