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World’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium bursts in Berlin


BERLIN: An aquarium in Berlin, home to some 1,500 exotic fish, exploded early Friday morning, spilling 1 million liters (264,172 gallons) of water and debris onto a major road in the Mitte district busy, the emergency services said.
About 100 emergency responders quickly arrived at the site, an entertainment complex that also has a Radisson hotel and a museum and aquarium.
Berlin Sea Creatures provides a glass elevator that passes through the Aquadom aquarium, which is said to be the largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium in the world at 14 meters (46 ft) tall.
Two people were injured by shards of glass, and police evacuated the hotel in the complex out of concern about possible structural damage.
“Just chaos. The whole aquarium blew up and what was left was total devastation. Lots of dead fish, debris,” hotel guests said. Sandra Weeser told Reuters.
The Berlin Fire Brigade said on Twitter that search and rescue dogs scoured the ground floor of the building, where there was too much debris for responders to reach, but found no casualties.
A spokesman for the fire brigade told Reuters it was still unclear what caused the AquaDom aquarium to burst.
‘DO NOT TRUST’ DAMAGE
Sea Life said on its website that it would be closed on Friday due to the incident. The company did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
Neither the fire brigade nor the police would comment on the fate of the fish, although police said on Twitter that there had been “unbelievable maritime damage”.
About 350 people who had stayed at the hotel in the complex were told to pack up and leave the building. fire brigade spokesman speak.
Police said buses were sent to provide shelter to those leaving the hotel as the temperature outside in Berlin hovered around -7 degrees Celsius (19.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
The emergency services closed a major road next to the complex leading from Alexanderplatz towards the Brandenburg Gate due to the large amount of water spilling out of the building.
The aquarium was last refurbished in 2020, according to ‘s website DomAquaree combination. During the upgrade, all the water in the tank was drained and the fish were moved to the aquarium in the basement of the building, where there was a nursery facility.

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