Investigators examining a piece of debris suspected to belong to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been forced to flee the site, according to news.com.au.
An emergency evacuation is underway on the island of Reunion where Le Piton de la Fournaise has recorded unusual activity.
Scientists at island's volcanic observatory, the OVPF, warned an eruption was "imminent and probable".
The evacuation bizarrely comes just hours after it was reported the suspected wreckage of missing passenger jet Malaysian Airlines MH370 washed up on the beach.
The volcano, situated on the south-east side of La Reunion, is a World Heritage site.
Up to 10 Malaysian aviation experts reportedly arrived at La Reunion only to be evacuated.
Debris may not lead to aircraft
While wreckage found on a remote Indian Ocean island has encouraged authorities in their search for MH370, the federal government has cautioned the discovery won't necessarily lead to finding the aircraft.
Debris washed up on La Reunion has been sent to France for analysis and authorities are "increasingly confident" the two-metre piece of wreckage will provide the first tangible proof that the plane, which disappeared almost 17 months ago while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, is laying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
The wreckage was being flown to a testing site near Toulouse, and could reach there by Saturday.The plane was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it changed course and vanished without a trace on March 8 last year.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the discovery, on a beach some 4,000 kilometres from where the Boeing 777 was thought to have crashed, is an "encouraging sign".
"This has been an absolutely baffling mystery up until now. At last it seems that we may be on the verge of some confirmation," Mr Abbott said.
But Transport Minister Warren Truss warned on Friday the find may do little in helping authorities determine exactly where the plane plunged into the sea, or where it may now lay.
"After 16 months, the vagaries of the currents, reverse modelling is almost impossible," Mr Truss said.
"And so I don't think it contributes a great deal in as far as our knowledge of where the aircraft is located at the present time."
"However ... the fact that wreckage is on Reunion Island or in the Madagascar area is consistent with some of the modelling we've done in relation to current movements and our predictions as to where wreckage from MH370 could make land fall if any of it was moving with the currents."
An oceanographer with Blue Water Recoveries - a salvage company involved in the search for the Air France plane that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 - told The New York Times it was possible that debris could drift thousands of kilometres from the search area to the tiny island, east of Madagascar.
However, David Mearns said it was "not possible to backtrack it, or calculate a plunge point with any level of precision".
Mr Truss said if the piece is identified as wreckage from MH370, it will "eliminate some of the theories that have been around".
"It establishes really beyond any doubt that the aircraft is resting in the Indian Ocean and not secretly parked in some hidden place on the land in another part of the world," he said.
Mr Truss, on Friday afternoon, said authorities were now "less certain" about whether a suitcase found on the same beach is related to the plane.
The head of Australia's air crash investigation team, Martin Dolan, said the debris very closely resembled a specific part of a Boeing 777 and was "likely to be associated with MH370".
Mr Dolan said the debris, if found to be that of MH370, confirmed investigators had been searching in the right area.
"We remain highly confident in our work defining the search area," he said.Mr Dolan said on Friday he was hoping for greater clarity "within the next 24 hours".
Over the past 24 hours, scientists at The University of Western Australia have refined 12-month-old computer modelling maps that show the possible location of the suspected crash site and the potential drift patterns of the debris.
They concluded that debris could have drifted from the current MH370 search area to Reunion Island.
"The computer predictions indicated that it would take between 12 and 18 months for the debris to travel from the current search area in the south-east Indian Ocean to Reunion Island," Professor of coastal oceanography Charitha Pattiaratchi said.
He said there was a possibility that more debris could wash up in the region around the island as well as Madagascar in coming weeks.
"There is also a possibility that debris may be washed ashore on the coast of Western Australia," Prof Pattiaratchi said.
"One piece of debris washing up on the same beach isn't going to help us - what we would really like to have is a variety of locations. That will give us a much better chance of finding out what happened to the missing flight."