So, this diary probably comes out of the blue. After posting regularly during the buildup to the eruption and the eruption during itself, I eventually got burned out; it took an awful lot of work to keep the updates going, and I never meant to start blogging about it in the first place - I just wanted to keep people informed.
After five months of spewing out copious amounts of lava and poisonous gas, the rate of eruption significantly declined, and on 28 February - almost exactly six months after it first broke the surface - the eruption was officially declared to be over. But what did this eruption leave behind? Well, beyond all of the news, I took a rather special trip there to find out for myself.
Join me below the fold.