Police search for Flight 370 debris
Police on Reunion island continue search for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370Getty Images

Stunning footage has emerged of the volcanic eruption on the island of Reunion that put a temporary halt to the search for wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

News broke on 29 July 2015 that wreckage – potentially from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in 2014 – had been discovered on the small Indian Ocean island situated between Mauritius and Madagascar.

However, the search was brought to a standstill after searchers were forced to evacuate the island on 30 July with the impending eruption of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano.

The spewing of lava subsequently lasted three days, and footage has now emerged of the volcano in full force prior to the activity coming to an end, just before 11am local time on 2 August.

The eruptions have been happening sporadically since February of this year. The last time a similar occurrence happened in the same location was in 2006 and 2007, when eruptions continued for six months.