Giant aquarium with 1,500 fish 'explodes' in hotel lobby in Germany

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”.

Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim

Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim
Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim
The AquaDom in Berlin acts as home to some 1,500 tropical fish– and contained more than a million liters of water

Uma mulher usando equipamento de mergulho no aquário AquaDom, cercada por peixes coloridos

Uma mulher usando equipamento de mergulho no aquário AquaDom, cercada por peixes coloridos

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.

Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim

Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em BerlimBombeiros no local do incidente
More than 100 firefighters were sent to the incident area

Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim

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.

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Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim
The aquarium housed more than 100 different species of fish

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.

Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim

Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim
Aquário gigante no hotel Radisson em BerlimAquário gigante no hotel Radisson em Berlim Emergency crews work after the AquaDom Aquarium collapsed across the street to the hotel in Berlin

The aquarium website said this Friday that the attraction was temporarily closed and asked visitors to reschedule their tickets.

The AquaDom opened in December 2003 and entered the Guinness Book, the book of world records, as the largest cylindrical aquarium in the world.

According to news published at the time of its construction, it cost around 12.8 million euros. (BBC)

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