Giant AquaDom containing 1,500 fish explodes in Berlin

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The world’s largest cylindrical aquarium located in Radisson Blu in Berlin´s lobby exploded on Friday, flooding the hotel and nearby streets 

The AquaDom located in the lobby of the Radisson Blu in Berlin burst, unleashing millions of litres of water and flooding the hotel as well as the surrounding streets. According to a report by BBC News on Friday, December 16, two people were also injured, after the incident took place early in the morning.  

The tank known as “AquaDom” contained over 1,500 fish from over 100 different species. A statement in the report by the spokesman for Berlin’s fire brigade told the BBC, “The vast majority of the fish had died, while the cold weather had made rescue attempts more difficult”.  

A later statement by James Klein, a fire brigade official in the report said, “Several dozen fish had been found alive in places where residual water had collected”. Klien further said, “They were being rehoused in other aquariums”.  

Two people were also injured by the falling glass, the report said and following the incident, all the guests were moved out of the hotel. The hotel along with its surroundings are now covered in piles of debris, after the tanks emptied millions of tons of water, destroying everything in its path.  

According to the report, officials speculate that the freezing temperatures, dropping down to –6 degrees Celsius, could have resulted in cracking in the aquarium.  

The famous AquaDom first opened in 2003 and was awarded the Guiness World Record for being the largest cylindrical aquarium in the world.

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