February 19, 2020 5:54:51 pm
You may have seen volcanoes spewing ash and lava but have you seen ‘ice volcanoes’ on lakes and beaches? Michigan residents recently witnessed the unusual phenomenon, and now photos and videos of the rare occurrence is going viral.
The National Weather Service (NWS) office in the Grand Rapids in Michigan, shared some unique views of icy volcanoes erupting by the Lake Michigan during a cold front over the weekend. Photos and a video show a cone-shaped mound of ice formed over the lake erupting water and slush.
Watch the video here:
Explaining the science behind the occurrence, Cort Spholten, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Grand Rapids, said, “Ice volcanoes occur in locations in which waves hit accumulated ice on the shoreline with some force.”
Explaining that water had broken the surface of ice that formed on the shore of the lake and channeled inwards. “The waves were strong enough so the water channels through, it squeezes water upwards and tosses the floating ice up. As it happens, over the course of hours or days, it forms a cone, and it resembles a volcano,” he was quoted as saying in a USA Today report.
It was a great day to visit the beach and watch the waves interact with the ice. Here’s a couple “ice volcanoes” erupting at Oval Beach on Sunday, February 16, 2020. #miwx #wmiwx pic.twitter.com/B0Vkl18RrN
— NWS Grand Rapids (@NWSGrandRapids) February 16, 2020
Experts warned people against climb up the visible ‘volcanoes’ since it would be risky. People risked falling down the side of one of the mounds as these volcanoes are formed over “hole in the ice”, they said.
A bitter blast of Arctic air brought dangerous wind chills across the Midwest the weekend that led to this rare natural phenomenon.
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