- One of the largest aquariums in the world has burst in Berlin.
- The AquaDom housed about 1500 exotic fish.
- Two people were injured by broken glass.
A giant aquarium in Berlin, which housed about 1,500 exotic fish, has burst, dumping a million liters of water and debris onto a main street in the busy Mitte district, rescue services say.
About 100 rescue workers rushed to the site, a leisure complex that houses a Radisson hotel and a museum, as well as what Sea Life Berlin says is the world’s largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium at 14 meters high.
“It felt like an earthquake,” said Naz Masraff, who had stayed at the hotel.
Another hotel guest, Sandra Weeser, spoke of chaos.
“The whole aquarium burst and what’s left is total devastation. Lots of dead fish, debris,” she told Reuters.
The AquaDom has the largest cylindrical tank in the world. Source: AP / Jorg Carstensen
Two people were injured by shattered glass, and emergency services told about 350 hotel guests to pack up and evacuate the hotel amid fears of structural damage.
Buses were sent to offer shelter to hotel guests, police said, as outside temperatures in Berlin hovered around around minus 7C in the morning.
Radisson informed its members of the Radisson Rewards loyalty club in an email that the Radisson Collection Hotel Berlin is closed until further notice.
Search and rescue dogs combed the ground floor of the building, which was too littered with debris for emergency services, but found no injuries, the Berlin fire department said on Twitter.
A spokesman for the fire department told Reuters it was still unclear what caused the AquaDom aquarium to burst.
Debris from the incident poured out of the entrance to Sea Life at the Radisson Hotel. Source: DPA / Picture alliance
Sea Life Berlin said in a statement its team is shocked by the incident and is trying to get more information from the owners of the AquaDom about the cause of the incident.
The company, which had offered glass elevator rides through the AquaDom aquarium, said it would also remain closed until further notice.
Neither the fire brigade nor the police commented on the fate of the fish, although police said on Twitter there was “incredible damage at sea”.
Task forces blocked a main road next to the complex, which leads from Alexanderplatz in the direction of the Brandenburg Gate, because of the large amounts of water that had flowed out of the building.
According to the DomAquaree complex’s website, the aquarium was last renovated in 2020.