Ice Wave Comes Ashore: What Caused Wave Of Ice At Mille Lacs Lake In Minnesota? [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on May 13, 2013 4:43 PM EDT

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An ice wave came ashore in Minnesota and Canada, causing damage to properties along the shoreline of Lake Mille Lacs. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

An ice wave came ashore in parts of Minnesota and Canada over the weekend, damaging homes and sending residents darting for safety.

International Business Times reports that the "ice tsunami," caught on amateur video by a number of residents in the area, inched up onto the shores of Lake Mille Lacs, a 207 square-mile lake 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

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Videos of the ice wave coming ashore show a white, billowy mass of ice crystals inching across lawns, backyards, patios and driveways like a slow-moving wall of white lava. In some areas, the ice wave reached heights of 30 feet tall. The wall of ice punctured homes coming into the buildings and pushing through doorways and windows.

"It just busted through a door over here," one resident at Minnesota's Izatys Resort proclaimed. "All the way through, the door is caving!"

"It's just a big roar and you could see it coming, and you keep thinking it's not coming any farther, it's going to stop," one local resident of a small Canadian lakeside community told Reuters. "It just kept coming."

"The ice has come on this property historically over the years but never this close," Dennis Stykalo, whose home was destroyed, told KUSA 9News. The NBC affiliate reports that a dozen summer cottages were severely damaged at Ochre Beach at Canada's Lake Dauphin in western Manitoba.

Residents had to run for their lives. Some homes were completely swallowed by the ice wave; the homes were engulfed in an icy tomb.

A similar ice wave was reported in Minnesota along the shores of Mille Lacs Lake.

An ice wave, like the one that hit Minnesota residents, is caused by high winds --up to 30 and 40 mph -- and spring thaw, which produced massive waves as the ice on top of the water was blown ashore.

"On one side of the country, the West, we've got 80, 90s and 100s today," ABC News Weather Anchor Sam Champion explained. "On part of the country we've got these cold wind chills, 20s 30s and 40s and because this cold air has been sitting right here around the lakes ... the ice hasn't had a chance to melt. So that ice now picked up by winds is blowing on shore."

The ice wave punctured the walls of homes and came into the buildings, pushing through doorways and windows.

Check out amateur footage of the ice wave that came ashore:

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