The ice moves relentlessly, crackling as it goes like thousands of windows breaking. In a matter of minutes, it’s moved from the shoreline of a Minnesota lake to the walls of homes along the lake.
40 miles per hour winds sent the ice off the lake creating an arctic scene. At least one home had 2 to 3 feet of ice spill through its patio glass doors, and some boathouses along the lake were destroyed.
Christopher Tetrault, a conservation officer for the area with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said the weather event works like this: Strong winds blow heavy chunks of ice out in the lake towards the shore. Those chunks heave up bits of lighter, melting ice closer to shore up on the land. The more the wind blows, the more ice comes onto land.
CNN Meteorologist, Todd Morek says the “ice tsunami” works the same as an iceberg. (Source)
A witness captured a video of the ice tsunami on her cell. One of her family even took the ice and smashed on the ground and see how hard would it be.
Watch the video here.