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Chinese island’s 3,000 residents cut off from the rest of the world after sea freezes over

Ferry services to and from Huludao in northeastern Liaoning province forced to stop, but luckily the authorities were prepared beforehand

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2018, 9:02am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2018, 9:02am

The cold front that has swept across the country in recent days has left the residents of a small island in northeastern China completely cut off by massive ice sheets, Chinese media reports.

Passenger ferries to and from Juhua, which is administered by the city of Huludao in Liaoning province have been unable to leave harbour since January 22 as a result of the sea ice that extends about 74 nautical miles from the shoreline into Liaodong Bay, CCTV reported on Sunday.

Thankfully for the island’s 3,000 residents, local authorities anticipated the problem and ensured adequate food and household supplies were shipped over before the ferry services were forced to cease.

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The ice flow measures more than 17,000 square kilometres and is more than 35 centimetres at its thickest, the report said.

Zhang Guohui, an official from the maritime affairs bureau in Huludao, said that the cold snap had been worse than in previous years.

“The ice is expected to thaw sometime between the middle and end of March,” he said.

“The ferry services will resume sometime after that.”