A giant aquarium burst this Friday, December 16 in Berlin, spilling more than a million liters of water and injuring two, police and firefighters announced. “The AquaDom”, which presents itself as the largest cylindrical aquarium in the world with a height of 16 meters, was located in the courtyard of the prestigious Radisson Blu hotel.
It is not a crack: the glass walls gave way suddenly, shortly before six in the morning. In addition to causing “incredible marine damage”, the incident left two injured, hit by shrapnel, who were taken to hospital. About 1,500 tropical fish and more than a million liters of water spilled onto the hotel floor and onto the street, which had to be closed to traffic. The hotel was evacuated.
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A hundred relief forces were on site in the morning. The police were using dogs to possibly find people under the debris.
Photos and videos circulating on social media, apparently sent by hotel residents, showed the aquarium largely destroyed, with large shards of glass strewn about and water still leaking out.
“We heard a cracking noise that woke us up”according to a witness quoted by the daily “Bild”.
“My wife said to me: ‘something flew in front of the window’. I went to see and the aquarium which was still there the day before […] collapsed”.
According to “Bild”, the explosion was caused by the wear and tear of the equipment. The AquaDom had however been reopened last summer after a long and costly renovation of 2.5 million euros, recalls the newspaper. It was notably equipped with a glass elevator allowing visitors to observe maritime life from the inside.