Famous giant aquarium in Berlin hotel burst: cause still unclear – numerous emergency services on site

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    The famous giant aquarium DomAquarée in Berlin exploded. A video shows the remains. The control center apparently initially expected an attack. The news ticker.

  • Burst Giant Aquarium in Berlin: Expert mentions possible “vulnerability”.
  • “Regular tsunami”: Berlin’s mayor Giffey speaks of “luck in misfortune”.
  • Rescue of Fish started: Berlin fire brigade accommodates surviving animals in Sea Life.
  • This News ticker on the incident at the aquarium in Berlin is continuously updated.
  • Update from December 18, 6:17 p.m.: Two days after a huge aquarium burst in a Berlin hotel the search for the cause continues. As of Sunday evening, there was no new information. According to Fabian Hellbusch, spokesman for the owner Union Investment, the hotel building is not currently in danger of collapsing. Nevertheless, structural investigations are still being carried out. On Monday (December 19) experts are to assess the damage.

    Update from December 18, 2022, 2:12 p.m.: Two days after the bursting of the huge Aquarium, which stood in a Berlin hotel, there are still many unanswered questions. At least the clean-up work in the outside area has been completed, as Fabian Hellbusch, spokesman for the building owner Union Investment, announced on Sunday. “In the underground car park, suction work is still taking place, and the company has made great progress there,” he added.

    In addition, more fish were brought into the zoo from the ruptured aquarium on Sunday afternoon, and soft corals and fish are to be handed over to Sealife during the day.

    Burst aquarium: About 630 fish could be saved

    Update from 17 December 2022, 16.13 Clock: After the aquarium in a Berlin hotel burst, around 630 fish were rescued from the underground breeding tanks, according to the building owner Fish were not in the bursting Aquadom aquarium, but in other tanks, as Union Investment spokesman Fabian Hellbusch announced on Saturday.

    You are at the Berlin Tierpark, the Zoo, the Sealife in the Dom Aquarée and distributed among a network of specialist breeders. “This distribution process is currently not yet complete – it will probably be done tomorrow,” it said. The measure will be coordinated with veterinarians.

    Three koi arrived at the Berlin Zoo on Friday evening, as a spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday. They are currently housed in a separate tank in the rear area. “Some saltwater fish will probably arrive during the day.” The around 1500 fish in the 16 meter high aquarium that burst were not quite so lucky. Quick all were flushed out and died. Aquarium in hotel bursts: ” Intense Cleanup” the day after

    Update from December 17, 2022, 3:25 p.m.: One day after After the bursting of a large aquarium, there is not much to be seen of the great chaos in front of the Berlin hotel. Workers in white protective suits loaded rubble into large construction containers on Saturday and removed tubs and nets. A large white construction site fence is in front of the building. The focus is on Fabian Hellbusch, spokesman for the building owner Union Investment, announced on Saturday that the “intensive clean-up work” in the outdoor area and security measures for the destroyed and damaged shops and open facades would continue.

    But behind the walls, the chaos after the accident on Friday should still be clearly visible. Two people, according to the hotel an employee and a guest, were slightly injured. According to Hellbusch, at least six other shops were damaged in the building complex. The search for the cause, however, continues. “There is still a lack of clarity as to the reasons for the sudden rupture of the acrylic glass cylinder,” said Hellbusch. According to the police, there were no indications of a targeted, violent attack. “At the moment there is nothing to indicate that there is anything criminally relevant in the room “, says a police spokeswoman on Saturday.

    According to Hellbusch, experts should come closer to the areas from Monday to assess the damage take a look. The building was handed over to the owner on Friday evening. “It’s not in danger of collapsing,” says the spokesman. Structural investigations are still taking place.

    The guests of the hotel are was taken to another hotel on Friday, says Hellbusch on Saturday morning. Guy is in close contact – how things will continue is still open. “Understandably, there is no timetable for the reopening of the hotel,” it says. The priority is to record the extent of the damage and to ensure safety during the clean-up work. The fate of the Aquadom is also unclear. ” It is not yet possible to say whether the AquaDom will be rebuilt or whether an alternative use is possible.”

    Aquarium in hotel bursts: company wants to send team to Berlin for investigation

    Update from December 17, 2022, 1:20 p.m.: A US company involved in the construction of the burst aquarium plans to send a team to Berlin to investigate the incident, the company Reynolds Polymer Technology said “At this time, it is too early to determine the factor or factors that led to such a rift.”

    The US company claims to have manufactured and installed a “cylinder” component of the tank in 2002. The company says on its website that it manufactured the Aquadome’s acrylic window.

    Reynolds Polymer sp I offer my “sincere condolences” to the hotel guests, all affected hotel employees and those injured. “We are also deeply saddened by the loss of wildlife and aquatic life. Our thanks go to the staff and first responders who were able to save and move some of the fish,” it said.

    Aquarium accident in Berlin: Former cleaning diver expresses himself

    Update from December 17, 2022, 11:45 a.m.: Also one The day after the accident in Berlin, the final cause of the bursting of the aquarium has not yet been determined. A former Aquadom diver commented

    Update from December 17, 2022, 10:40 a.m.: After the bursting of the huge aquarium In Berlin, the building was handed over to the owner on Friday evening.”It is not in danger of collapsing,” said Fabian Hellbusch, spokesman for the building owner Union Investment, on Saturday morning. Structural investigations are still taking place.

    The hotel in which the 16 meter high aquarium was located was closed “until further notice”. Pass the guests were taken to another hotel on Friday. Male is in close contact with the hotel, said Hellbusch. At least six other shops were damaged in the building complex. “There is currently still five centimeters of water in the underground car park,” he said.

    Burst giant aquarium in Berlin: the police apparently initially expected an attack

    Update from December 17, 8:15 a.m.: Even the day after the accident in Berlin, the exact cause is still there not yet known for the bursting of the aquarium. How now picture reports, emergency services are said to have expected an attack from the start. According to this, the automatic fire alarm sounded, in the lobby there was a sight of massive destruction. Like Picture further reported that the control center initially expected a terrorist attack, which is why heavily armed elite police officers and armored vehicles were also sent to the scene of the accident.

    Accordingly, emergency services initially brought hotel guests to safety, and they were escorted out of the hotel by “heavily armed police officers”. A hotel guest reported this to the newspaper.More than 200 emergency services moved to the scene of the accident at the beginning of the accident (see original report).The fact that only two people were injured in the accident is likely to be a miracle.

    Berlin’s Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) spoke of immense destruction at the site of the accident: “It’s a veritable tsunami that erupted here via the hotel premises, and the adjacent restaurants,” Giffey said. But Berlin was very lucky. “If the whole thing had happened just an hour later, then we would have to report terrible human damage,” she said, speaking of “luck in misfortune”.

    Aquarium in Berlin burst – cleaning up the day after the accident

    Update from December 17th , 6.47 a.m .: Why did the large aquarium at the Berlin Cathedral burst? And what’s next there? On the day after the tragedy, which almost became a catastrophe, there are still a few unanswered questions.

    On the day after When the huge Berlin aquarium Aquadom bursts, it’s all about cleaning up the scene of the accident and the search for answers. Because numerous hotel guests were not on the ground floor so early in the morning, only two people were slightly injured. The police and many guests spoke of a very loud bang. Parts of the hotel’s facade flew onto the street, large amounts of water poured out. The police and fire brigade were deployed with around 100 people each. The pumping work of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief should last until Saturday night.

    A lot of water ran into the sewage system, a lot but also in the basement and neighboring facilities – such as the DDR Museum. Berlin’s Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD) said on Friday: “Of course, the investigation into the cause has not yet been completed, but the first signs point to material fatigue.”

    The company that owns the Aquadom was “dismayed by the accident”. The reason for the bursting of the huge cylinder is still “completely unclear,” said a spokesman for Union Investment. “We are currently trying to get a more accurate picture of the situation and the damage caused in coordination with the police and fire brigade on site. “

    Update from December 16, 10:31 p.m.: Around a million liters of water rushed into the aquarium when the aquarium burst hotel basement and the Berlin sewer system. Some of it is apparently still in the building. The Technical Relief Agency expects that the pumping work will continue into the night. THW consultant Friedrich Engel said that helpers were pumping the underground car park empty in the early evening. The inside of the building resembles a rubble field. Firefighters can rescue dozens of fish from aquarium

    Update from December 16, 7:55 p.m.: Of around 1,500 fish from the destroyed large aquarium in Berlin Special forces from the fire brigade were able to rescue a few dozen more who were in the lower area of ​​the vessel. “I think there were about three vats in number,” spokesman James Klein said. The saltwater fish are to be taken to the adjacent underwater world, Sea Life, and the freshwater fish to the zoo’s aquariums.

    In addition, all the fish from the basement were saved. There are twelve aquariums with 400 to 500 small saltwater fish. All of them also found a new home in Sea Life.

    Update from 16 December, 5:46 p.m.: While after the bursting of the aquarium, structural engineers from the Technical Relief Agency and the Mitte district office are checking whether the DomAquarée is in danger of collapsing, clarifies a message from the website

    erdbebennews.de The force of the explosion The shock was so violent that seismic waves erupted like an earthquake were solved, it is said.

    There were rashes at two private stations: In Rudow and Lankwitz, with eight or 14 kilometers away from the scene of the accident. The strongest vibrations corresponded to a magnitude 1.2 earthquake. The operator of the platform, geophysicist Jens Skapski, explained that the tremors are the result when “a million liters of water hit the ground from a great height.” He shared a screenshot of the seismogram on Twitter.

    Update from December 16, 4:55 p.m.: The masses of water that were released when the Aquadom burst in Berlin also affected the DDR Museum below the building complex on the banks of the Spree. “A million liters of salt water have made their way, also to us in the exhibition,” said museum director Gordon Freiherr von Godin on Friday. Several rooms are affected, including exhibits and furniture. The exhibition area is about 1200 square meters, according to his estimate about 300 to 400 square meters are affected by the water damage. Nobody got hurt.

    Burst giant aquarium in Berlin: Expert names possible “weak point”

    Update from December 16, 2022, 3:30 p.m.: The aquarium manufacturer Florian Schuran considers a material failure to be the cause of the bursting of the giant Berlin aquarium to be quite possible from several adhesive seams and these are always the weak points, which can fail in the event,” said the managing director of the company New Wave from Wassenberg (North Rhine-Westphalia). Schuran’s company did not build the 16 meter high Aquadom that burst in a Berlin hotel on Friday.

    A sabotage The expert could not imagine the cylindrical pool: “Such pools are statically calculated. If life and limb are in danger in such cases, extreme safety is ensured.” According to the company that owns the destroyed Aquadome, the reason for the bursting of the huge cylinder on Friday was still completely unclear.

    Fish rescue started : Berlin fire brigade accommodates surviving animals in Sea Life

    Update from December 16, 2022, 3:15 p.m.: After the bursting of the Aquadom, the Berlin fire brigade said it began rescuing fish that were in vessels in the basement of the affected building.These are being taken to the neighboring underwater world of Sea Life, said fire brigade spokesman James Klein early Friday afternoon.

    “They’ve got the capacity,” he said. “We’re really lucky that we don’t have to drive a car with a container,” said Klein. A few fish were also found alive in the lower area of ​​the burst large aquarium with around 1,500 animals -Mitte, Almut Neumann, had previously reported that there were several aquariums with around 400 to 500 smaller fish in the basement of the hotel building. She had described their situation as critical because the vessels were not supplied with electricity.

    After the destruction of the Aquadom: Berlin Zoo offers to take in fish

    Update from December 16, 2022, 2:35 p.m.: After the destruction of the giant aquarium Aquadom The Berlin Zoo offered to house fish that were still alive.” We have already offered the responsible supervisory authority fish if required and depending on capacity tät with us and take care of it,” said a spokeswoman on Friday. The zoo deeply regrets the accident. Pass Away Underwater World Sea Life, with other aquariums, is not directly affected by the destruction of the Aquadome.

    The company Sea Life has said it was “dismayed” by the incident. The company is currently trying to get more information from the owners of the Aquadome, Sea Life said on Friday afternoon. Sea Life called for speculation to be refrained “until the background of the accident have been clarified”. According to Sea Life, the Aquadom does not belong to the company. The exact ownership structure initially remained unclear. Sea Life operates a large aquarium in the affected hotel building. A visit to the now destroyed Aquadom could also be booked via the Sea Life website.

    “Regular tsunami”: Berlin’s mayor Giffey speaks of “luck in disguise”

    update from December 16, 2022, 2 p.m.: Berlin’s governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) spoke of immense destruction after the aquarium accident. “It’s a real tsunami that poured out here over the hotel premises and the adjacent restaurants,” said Giffey. There was a lot of damage. But Berlin was very lucky, Giffey emphasized: “If the whole thing was just an hour later happened, then we would have to report terrible human damage,” she said, speaking of “luck in misfortune”.

    Berlin’s Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey visited the accident site of the bursting Aquadom © IMAGO/Frederic Core

    This was also confirmed by James Klein, a spokesman for the Berlin fire department. “The glass cylinder reached under the roof of the building,” he said Focus Online
    ” Apart from the amount of water, people could have been killed by the heavy, 20-centimetre-thick glass splinters.” Guy had a total of 30 people who were near the aquarium at the time of the accident medically examined, Klein said. In the end, only two people had to be hospitalized with minor injuries.

    Burst aquarium in Berlin: background and information about the Aquadom

    Update from December 16, 2022, 1:10 p.m.: “It’s not a small crack from which the water is leaking, but the entire aquarium suddenly burst,” said a spokesman for the fire brigade. Guests of the hotel in Berlin-Mitte unanimously reported an explosion-like bang

    Update from December 16, 2022, 1:05 p.m.: Because of the death of hundreds of fish as a result of the explosion, on Friday (December 16) happened in the hotel Aquaree in Berlin,

    announced the animal welfare organization Peta now rec necessary steps.

    Update from December 16, 2022, 1 p.m.: The Aquadom burst in Berlin. We have all information about the giant aquarium in the capital summarized for you.

    Berlin: Burst aquarium– Sea Life apparently not directly affected

    Update from December 16, 2022, 11:28 a.m.: Part of the attraction, the underwater world Sea Life with other aquariums, is not directly affected by the destruction of the Berlin large aquarium Aquadom. However, some aquariums and tanks at Sea Life, which is located a little further away in the same building complex, are now being checked for possible damage, said a spokesman for the fire department.

    The so-called Aquadom was an aquarium in the form of a huge glass cylinder with 1500 fish and an elevator in the middle. He was standing within the atrium of the hotel that is part of the complex. The cylinder burst early Friday morning. “The ground floor is completely in ruins,” said a fire department spokesman about the hotel area there. All the fish were kid and had to be disposed of with the rubble. Civil engineers and the Technical Relief Agency (THW) would now check whether the building had to remain closed. After that, they could first clean-up work begins.

    The Sea Life consists of various aquariums and tanks with fish on the ground floor on the other side of the building. Through a tunnel, visitors can walk through a large aquarium with sharks and rays.At the end of the tour, you finally reached the Aquadome, which is now destroyed.

    Berlin: Aquarium in the hotel lobby burst – almost 300 guests have now left the hotel

    Update from December 16, 2022, 10:30 a.m.: The hotel at the destroyed large aquarium has been completely cleared, almost 300 guests te and hotel staff had been evacuated, according to the police. According to the police, the giant aquarium had burst early in the morning. Parts of the surrounding hotel were destroyed.

    Update from December 16, 2022, 10:03 a.m.: For a targeted, violent attack on the large aquarium in Berlin According to the police, there is no evidence so far. “Not at all at the moment,” replied a police spokesman on Friday morning to a corresponding question. The cause is not yet known, emphasized spokesmen for the police and fire brigade.

    According to the fire brigade, the giant tank with a million liters of water was destroyed very quickly. “If the aquarium is defective, it bursts suddenly,” said a fire brigade spokesman. “It’s not a small crack from which the water is leaking, but the entire aquarium suddenly burst.” All run The 1500 fish that lived there are no longer in the water fire brigade before the use of rescue dogs. The fire department tweeted that on Friday. So far she speaks of two injured and 35 people who were “sighted by the rescue service”. That means that the helpers have checked whether they are injured.

    Update from December 16, 2022, 10 am: Two people were injured when the large aquarium at Sea Life near Berlin Cathedral burst, said a spokesman for the Berlin fire brigade on Friday morning, The injured were taken to a hospital, whether they were employees of the hotel where the aquarium is located was located, acted, or hotel guests, was initially unknown.

    According to the police, the giant aquarium burst early in the morning The fire brigade received an alarm from an automatic fire alarm in the hotel at 5.43 a.m. The police spoke of a very loud noise or a bang that could be heard.Parts of the facade of the hotel, in de Where the aquarium was located, they flew down the street. Large amounts of water spilled out and down the street. The police and fire brigade have been on duty since the morning, each with around 100 people.

    Damage to the aquarium in Berlin: guests have to leave the hotel

    Update from December 16, 2022, 8.30 a.m.: Because of the severe damage to the large Berlin aquarium, the guests of the surrounding hotel also have to do this exit building. That said a spokesman for the Berlin fire department on Friday morning. Around 350 people were still in the hotel.

    The Aquadom large aquarium at Sea Life in Berlin was, according to the Operator on the Internet the “largest, cylindrical free-standing aquarium in the world”, an attraction in Berlin well-known to many tourists. It was a container made of acrylic glass, which was 16 meters high and had a diameter of 11.5 meters. Visitors could pass through in an elevator drive through the inside of the aquarium.

    Berlins Regierende Bürgermeisterin Franziska Giffey besuchte die Unglücksstätte des geplatzten Aquadoms.

    The famous aquarium in Berlin has burst © Danita Delimont/ Imago/ Screenshot Twitter

    According to this, about 1500 fish lived in the tank from over 100 different species. The aquarium was filled with a million ion 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. The place is very close to the Alexanderplatz in Berlin with the TV tower.

    Aquarium in Berlin burst: Photos show the extent of the destruction

    Update from December 16, 2022, 7.55 a.m.: As reported by the news channel Welt auf Ort, there are now not only 100 firefighters on site, but also around 100 police officers. One person is said to have been injured in the explosion of the aquarium, and according to the current status there are no other injuries. As pictures on Twitter, allegedly published by hotel guests, show, the aquarium burst in the morning with extreme pressure. Pictures show a landscape of rubble in the hotel lobby, which has been pushed out onto the streets. Water is still currently flowing on the street in front of the complex.

    Das berühmte Aquarium in Berlin ist geplatzt.

    Debris lies on the street in front of the hotel where the aquarium is located. © Christoph Soeder/dpa

    A police spokesman has now confirmed that the large aquarium at Sea Life near the Berlin Cathedral has burst. Around 5:45 a.m. there was a very loud noise. Parts of the facade of the hotel in which the aquarium was located were flown on the street.

    Original article: Berlin – Usually that pulls huge aquarium in the Berlin DomAquarée attracted numerous tourists, now the impressive mega-aquarium seems to have burst. A video of a suspected hotel guest on the Twitter platform shows the destroyed remains in the hotel hall. Accordingly, the aquarium exploded in the middle of the night.


    Giant aquarium in Berlin hotel explodes: First suspicion of cause – numerous emergency services on site

    The news channel Welt, based in Berlin, also reports on the incident. Accordingly, a defect is currently assumed, but more details are currently not known. Accordingly, reinforcements have been requested, and other emergency services should soon arrive at the scene of the accident. A person should loudly

    World- Information may be slightly injured, TV pictures show debris itself on the street in front of the hotel. Photos posted on Twitter by hotel guests show massive destruction in the hotel lobby. Over 100 emergency services on site in Berlin – Huge aquarium in hotel lobby burst

    Currently there are Numerous emergency services are already on site, according to the fire brigade around 100. Nothing is currently known about the cause, and there is also no reliable information about injuries. A spokesman for the fire brigade told the dpa that it would be checked whether people were injured. The aquarium had burst for an initially unknown reason. Water ran on the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße. It must also be checked whether the underground car park is affected. Like Picture reports that the emergency call came in around 6 a.m.

    In the building complex called DomAquarée there is, among other things, the large aquarium Sea Life and the so-called AquaDom. As stated on the DomAquarée website, the AquaDom is the “largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium in the world” and was extensively modernized by summer 2020.

    The Berlin fire brigade explains on Twitter that around 100 emergency services are on duty in the hotel Dom Aquaree. According to this, water is leaking and the aquarium is “damaged”. Accordingly, the situation is currently not clear. The Berlin traffic information center tweeted that Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse, where the hotel with the aquarium is located, was closed. “There is a lot of water on the road. So far, the cause is still unclear.” The place is very close to Berlin’s Alexanderplatz with the TV tower.

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