A giant aquarium containing one million liters of water burst this Friday morning (16/ 12) in the lobby of the Radisson Blu, in Berlin, Germany, flooding the hotel and nearby streets.
The “AquaDom”– home to 1,500 fish tropical, 100 different species– it was 14 meters high and was described as the largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium in the world.
Police reported that two people were injured by shrapnel of glass– and there was “unbelievable damage”.
Videos posted on social media show the tank empty, and the water flowing from the pipes into the hotel lobby.
Guests were evacuated from the hotel after the incident at 5:50 am (04:50 GMT).
Outside, there is a pile of debris in the street, in front of the hotel’s entrance doors, which now hang onto the street– twisted by the force of the explosion of the tank.
Paul Maletzki was staying on the book floor with his girlfriend.
He says he woke up with a bang and a trembling specialty. When he looked into the lobby, he saw water gushing through it. They and other guests were later escorted out of the hotel by armed police.
The mayor of Berlin, Franziska Giffey, went to the hotel to see the damage and described the explosion of the tank like a tsunami.
She expressed relief that it had happened so early in the morning– saying that about an hour later, the lobby and street outside would be full of visitors, many of them children.
The aquarium was modernized two years ago, and had a panoramic elevator (with glass walls) built inside it for the use of visitors . Some of the hotel’s bookshelves are advertised as having a view of the hotel.
The Berlin Fire Department stated that more than 100 firefighters were dispatched to the regional– and it was unclear what caused the break.
They said they used rescue dogs to check the area inside the hotel for any potential injuries, but no casualties were found.
Police said “large amounts” of water were flowing into nearby streets, and that people in the area should drive with careful.
A police source told the regional press that there is no evidence s that the rupture of the aquarium was the result of a targeted attack.
The authority responsible for public transport in the German capital has informed that the Karl-Liebknecht street, next to the hotel , was closed due to the “extreme amount of water in the by means of”. Tram service in the area has also been discontinued.
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