Almost all fish dead – mega-aquarium burst: first clues to cause |

Was it an attack by terrorists or radical animal rights activists? No, by the Berlin police. Rather, material fatigue could simply have been the cause of the bursting of the Aquadome. “Of course, the investigation into the cause has not yet been completed, but the first signs point to material fatigue,” said Berlin’s Senator for the Interior, Iris Spranger (SPD).

” If that If the aquarium is defective, it suddenly bursts” According to the fire brigade, the giant tank with a million liters of water was destroyed very quickly. “If the aquarium is defective, then it bursts suddenly,” said a spokesman for the fire department. “It’s not a small crack from which the water escapes, but the entire aquarium burst all of a sudden.” None of the 1500 fish survived.

No power: 500 more fish threatened
Part of the attraction, the underwater world Sea Life with other aquariums, is also indirectly affected by the destruction of the Aquadome. “Now it’s a matter of evacuating them quickly,” said Almut Neumann, environmental councilor for Berlin-Mitte. Around 400 to 500 smaller fish are in aquariums under the lobby, which housed the giant fish tank. The vessels are currently not included “We will first try to evacuate the endangered species,” said Berlin’s State Secretary for Consumer Protection, Markus Kamrad. The Berlin Zoo offered to house fish.

Before – After: The world-famous hotel lobby

Aquarium Berlin destroyed hotel lobby BT

( Photo: Radisson)

According to the fire brigade, a large part of the water probably ran through the doors on the ground floor onto the street and there into the canal. I didn’t find much water in the basements. The destroyed ground floor was searched for people with rescue dogs. Because of the severe damage, the guests of the surrounding hotel also had to leave the building, as a spokesman for the fire brigade said. Almost 300 people were still in the hotel. According to “Bild”, the adjoining DDR Museum also suffered water damage.

Aquarium was recently modernized
Fish from over 100 different species lived in the tank.The mega-aquarium was filled with a million liters of salt water, that would be 1000 Cubic meters of water weighing 1000 tons. According to the information, the aquarium was extensively modernized by summer 2020, and the elevator inside was also renovated.

“There were broken pieces everywhere”

Guests of the hotel in Berlin-Mitte unanimously reported an explosion-like bang. This happened between 5:30 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. “We were really scared,” said a young woman. Initially, there was no information from the hotel, several guests described unanimously. The reception could not be reached via the landline have to get out.” “You could see that the whole thing fell apart,” said a young hotel guest. Karin Wicki and Sandra Hoffmann from Switzerland described: “Everything is destroyed in the interior. There are just a few fish. All the furniture has been destroyed. Away Windows are shattered. Shards everywhere.” They were only informed shortly before 9 a.m. that they had to leave the hotel.

Berlin’s Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) thanked the forces at Sea Life. “Bad news from the bursting aquarium at the Berlin Cathedral,” she wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I thank the emergency services for their commitment and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

PETA plans to file a complaint
The animal welfare organization PETA wants to take legal action against those responsible in Berlin. “We will file criminal charges against those responsible because the lives of around 1,500 fish were apparently handled negligently here,” said a spokesman for the organization. The destruction of the aquarium was a “huge, man-made tragedy”. It should not be rebuilt.


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