Ecuador's Troublemaker volcano spews lava from summit

Ecuador's Troublemaker volcano spews lava from summit

Ecuador's Troublemaker volcano spews lava from summit

Updated 21 December 2017, 13:45 AEDT

A British volcano photographer captures the rumblings and fiery explosions of Reventador with wide-angle videos then speeds up the video up to show the activity over the course of a three-day period.

British volcano photographer Dr Richard Roscoe has documented the spectacular eruption of a little-known active stratovolcano in the Amazonian Andes of Ecuador known as Reventador.

Reventador is Spanish for "troublemaker".

Dr Roscoe and a German colleague captured the rumblings and fiery explosions earlier this month with wide-angle videos using moonlight alone by applying a unique filming technique at a specific rate, and sped up the video to show the activity over the course of a three-day period.

Reventador's last recorded major activity was in 2002, when a huge eruption occurred with almost no warning and its pyroclastic flow of gas and matter wiped out a nearby valley and damaged pipelines, Dr Roscoe said.

Volcanologists say Reventador is undergoing another explosive phase with gas and lava spewing from vents in its summit.

Reuters