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Watch As Lake Erie Sends A Massive 40-Foot 'Ice Tsunami' Crashing Ashore

The ice shove shut down a parkway and started to "bulldoze trees and street lamps."
A man photographs a massive build-up of ice that was pushed onto the shore in Fort Erie, Ont., February 25, 2019.
A man photographs a massive build-up of ice that was pushed onto the shore in Fort Erie, Ont., February 25, 2019.

A massive "ice tsunami" created a surreal scene on the shores of Lake Erie near both southern Ontario and Buffalo, N.Y. over the weekend.

High winds pushed ice through the Niagara River and into the lake, and eventually forced it ashore, creating what's more formally known as an "ice shove" in Fort Erie, Ont. and Hamburg, N.Y.

Storm chaser David Piano told CNN the ice wall was 40 feet high in spots and "starting to bulldoze trees and street lamps."

Similar scenes were reported elsewhere along Lake Erie, including at Hoover Beach in Hamburg, just outside of Buffalo. WGRZ, the local NBC station, said the ice shove hit 30 feet high in parts of Hoover Beach:

"This is the first time in my entire life I've seen it come this high and this close to the house," longtime resident Jack Schultz told the Buffalo News. "It came up in sheets. It just layered it up to the wall. Then, when the (ice) boom broke, it took all the pressure out of here."

National Geographic said ice shoves ― also called ice pushes and ivu ― are created by high winds and "are most likely to occur in the early spring, when ice just starts to weaken and break up."

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