Reunion Island Volcano Erupts Near Possible MH370 Wreckage

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A volcano has erupted on the island where debris from the missing MH370 plane may have been discovered.

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano erupted on Friday on a remote island in the Indian Ocean hampering work of investigators examining the debris.

The eruption prompted an emergency evacuation on Friday morning but the search for possible wreckage from the doomed Malaysian Airlines plane is expected to continue.

Piton de la Fournaise is a World Heritage Site and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Breitbart reports: Investigators that landed on La Reunion on Wednesday have been forced to evacuate the island, including ten aviation experts from Malaysia. Before they left, however, they took with them a piece of debris believed to be a piece of a Boeing 777; the piece is currently being flown to France for testing, and due to a number visible on its side, is believed to be a flaperon from that model plane. No other Boeing 777s are known to be missing in the world.

Reports state that it is unclear just how the volcano will affect the investigation, with Australia’s News noting that plumes of volcanic ash will mean planes used to search the ocean will not be able to search the area for some time. Another concern is that Le Piton de la Fournaise is an especially active volcano that has been erupting on and off since February. Even if the current eruption does not last a very long time, the next one could be close behind. La Reunion’s tourist website claims the volcano erupts around every nine months.