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Ice Tsunami Comes Ashore in Minnesota, Destroys Homes: VIDEO


Check out these incredible videos out of Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota, where ice sheets created by a sudden change in temperature are coming ashore and destroying homes.


Sam Champion explains what's happening:

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  1. You know Michele Bachmann will say this is punishment from God. Ill give her about one hour.

    Posted by: mizzymm | May 14, 2013 11:35:16 AM

  2. @mizzymm

    I was thinking the same thing. This is clearly the fault of 'teh gays'!

    Their god's a real wuss... Taking his wrath out on 4 or 5 homes along the lake. Why didn't he just consume the entire state in the fires of hell, or something equally impressive? Something that CAN'T be explained by weather science?

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | May 14, 2013 11:43:33 AM

  3. Obviously it's because of The Gay Marriage.

    Posted by: Gigi | May 14, 2013 12:00:44 PM

  4. You really don't get it guys. As she said the other day, it's due to the Prince of air!
    Marcus, help us understand, please.

    Posted by: Luke | May 14, 2013 12:11:12 PM

  5. Maybe an ice fishing house will fall on The Wicked Witch of Bachman.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | May 14, 2013 12:13:14 PM

  6. Am I missing something in thinking a garden hose could have been used to freeze a solid ice barrier in the wrath of Jeebus stuff so as to slow it down? Works on forest fires; admittedly not in the same way...

    Posted by: rdiac | May 14, 2013 12:18:25 PM

  7. People like this made Charles Darwin's work easy. They don't know if it's going to stop or if the house is going to be destroyed, so they stand there and shoot video. They should take action as though the house was on fire (with maybe five minutes less urgency). Get valuables, child(ren), and pet(s) out. Get the car out of the garage because the garage door may not open when the house's shape changes from rectangle to rhombus or if the electricity is cut (most people have no idea how to manually open a garage door). Make sure there's a clear route out of the area (some water-adjacent real estate has only one way out, and it may already be blocked).

    Or spend your time uploading your death to YouTube, if that's more important.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 14, 2013 12:24:32 PM

  8. Charles Darwin?
    What does shooting a disaster video have to do with natural selection or our commonality with plants and other animals?

    Posted by: will | May 14, 2013 12:34:03 PM

  9. "it's ploughing that bush!" LOL

    Posted by: Ulu | May 14, 2013 12:43:47 PM

  10. the last thing i want is for the most prophetic film of the 21st century to be "The Day After Tomorrow"

    at least the 20th Century can claim "Network".

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 14, 2013 12:47:43 PM

  11. Since these two tw@ts moved the glass coffee table don't they live there? And if they live there don't they realize that when they gleefully yell "Look it's climbing up those houses!" that the ice tsunami is moments away from shredding their house too?

    I will never again think people in horror movies act too stupidly to be believable.

    Posted by: Arrant | May 14, 2013 1:18:19 PM

  12. @rdiac: The temperature was in the 70s, so you couldn't have created any kind of ice wall. That's what made this so unusual. The cold winter temperatures finally broke but did so somewhat rapidly. Thus, rather than a slow melt, there was an ice sheet on the lake. This was then combined with a sufficiently strong wind that pushed it against the shore.

    Now, water could have conceivably been poured onto the approaching ice to melt it, but that would have required a tremendous amount. A garden hose would not have been sufficient and then you've got a problem of flood water. Unless you have good drainage, it's just going to flow back toward the houses anyway.

    Posted by: Rrhain | May 14, 2013 2:08:59 PM

  13. @Arrant: Apparently, you didn't listen to the audio. They pointed out that the ice was sparing their area because there were trees blocking the path of the ice. It was flowing around the trees and thus left a clear area outside their home. You did notice that in the video, there was a very large patch of empty space with the ice flowing to either side, yes?

    Now, if there's enough ice being pushed, that isn't going to help much, but let's not pretend like we know how much ice was going to be pushed. At the end of the video, it had pretty much stopped where they were and was flowing down the block.

    Posted by: Rrhain | May 14, 2013 2:11:45 PM

  14. Couple of hair dryers, a few extension cords, problem solved.

    Posted by: Marty | May 14, 2013 2:45:02 PM

  15. @Rrhain - So you're saying that being lucky excuses being stupid. That would mean the unlucky are culpable --- but luck is beyond our control so how does that work?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 14, 2013 3:15:56 PM

  16. will,
    the survival of the fittest!
    if someone risks ones safety to get (more) views every time, chance of his survival becomes in the long run......

    Posted by: iban4yesu | May 14, 2013 3:23:13 PM

  17. This is obviously the ice demons coming to take their queen, Michelle Bachman, back home.

    Posted by: Book | May 14, 2013 3:26:00 PM

  18. I'm reminded of the Invader Zim episode "Walk for your lives!"

    Posted by: Woody | May 14, 2013 3:57:08 PM

  19. @Anastasia Beaverhausen: And what, exactly, could they have done? They did, indeed, start moving their own stuff and then they noticed that they had protection from the trees. So since their own property was not in any immediate danger and there was nothing they could do to stop it, why not film it? It's a fascinating process. They weren't in any physical danger and it's not like they could really save anything. It was coming too fast. At best, they could move a few pieces of furniture, but what then? There was no physical danger to them.

    Whence comes this attitude of "stupid"?

    Posted by: Rrhain | May 14, 2013 5:16:49 PM

  20. No on creates spectacle like Mother Nature.

    Posted by: jaragon | May 14, 2013 5:27:45 PM

  21. And I'm sure this will be a future sci-fi channel movie " Night of the Walking Ice"

    Posted by: jaragon | May 14, 2013 5:28:32 PM

  22. @Rrhain -- I'm sure Capt. Smith of the Titanic also thought "it's just a little ice."

    What if the trees only slowed the ice but didn't hold? Shallow roots, saturated soil, diseased wood. When dealing with the forces of nature many things can go wrong, so to stand there and shoot video is stupid. Remember the Banda Aceh tsunami? "Oh look, the sea just receded leaving a quarter mile of extra beach that's not supposed to be there! Lets go play on it!"

    Yes, stupid is the word.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 14, 2013 6:45:06 PM

  23. A house with a view to the lake comes expensive it seems. I like how the dumb woman of the video acted surprised or shocked when the ice began pushing against the door. What did she expect? That the house's force field would naturally contain the wave?

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | May 14, 2013 11:22:54 PM

  24. Mother Nature has lost her damned mind! I have never seen anything like this! Holy sh*t.....

    Posted by: Marc | May 15, 2013 5:09:14 AM

  25. @ Rrhain, thanks for your most informative reply(s).

    Posted by: rdiac | May 15, 2013 8:40:10 AM

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