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AquaDom aquarium explodes in Berlin hotel, filling lobby with fish

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An enormous aquarium exploded inside a German hotel today, unleashing a ‘tsunami’ of water which caused ‘unbelievable maritime damage’ at a serious tourist attraction.

The 82ft-high tank, positioned within the foyer of the Radisson Blu hotel in central Berlin, burst at around 5.50am, killing the entire 1,500 tropical fish housed there.

The explosion on the AquaDom aquarium unleashed one million litres of water into the lobby and cut off electricity within the hotel. Two people were injured from glass shards and received treatment at hospital.

There was speculation freezing temperatures overnight caused a crack within the glass tank, which then exploded under the burden of the water – but police are still investigating the cause.  

Now, efforts are under technique to save an extra 400 to 500 smaller fish housed in aquariums underneath the lobby area. Without electricity, their tanks weren’t receiving the needed oxygen for them to survive, officials said.

The remains of the aquarium after the explosion

The 82ft-high fish tank, which is positioned within the foyer of the Radisson Blu hotel in central Berlin, burst at around 5.50am this morning. Pictured: The aquarium before the incident (left) and the wreckage afterwards (right) 

Devastation from inside the hotel foyer Devastation from inside the hotel foyer

Devastation from contained in the hotel foyer after the aquarium burst in central Berlin

The 82ft-high tank in the foyer of the Radisson Blu hotel in central Berlin burst at around 5.50am, killing all of the 1,500 tropical fish housed in the aquarium. Pictured: A dead tropical fish lays in the debris in front of the hotel following the explosion today

The 82ft-high tank within the foyer of the Radisson Blu hotel in central Berlin burst at around 5.50am, killing the entire 1,500 tropical fish housed within the aquarium. Pictured: A dead tropical fish lays within the debris in front of the hotel following the explosion today

Now, efforts are under way to save an additional 400 to 500 smaller fish housed in aquariums under the lobby area. Without electricity, their tanks were not receiving the necessary oxygen for them to survive, officials said. Pictured: Emergency responders evacuate additional fish that were located in other aquariums inside the hotel

Now, efforts are under technique to save an extra 400 to 500 smaller fish housed in aquariums under the lobby area. Without electricity, their tanks weren’t receiving the needed oxygen for them to survive, officials said. Pictured: Emergency responders evacuate additional fish that were positioned in other aquariums contained in the hotel 

‘Now it’s about evacuating them quickly,’ Almut Neumann, a city official in control of environmental issues for Berlin’s Mitte district, told German news agency dpa.

Various organisations, including the Berlin Zoo, offered to soak up the surviving fish.

The Aquadom was described as the most important cylindrical tank on this planet. 

Among the many 80 kinds of fish the predominant aquarium housed were blue tang and clownfish, two vibrant species known from the animated film Finding Nemo. 

‘Unfortunately, not one of the 1,500 fish could possibly be saved,’ Berlin mayor Franziska Giffey said.  

Ms Giffey said the incident had unleashed a ‘veritable tsunami’ of water however the early morning timing had prevented way more injuries. 

‘Despite all of the destruction, we were still very lucky,’ she said. ‘We’d have had terrible human damage’ had the aquarium burst even an hour later, over again people were awake and within the hotel and the encircling area, she said. 

The explosion filled the hotel lobby with over one million litres of water, a few of which reached the surface of the complex, prompting police to shut a close-by street. 

Debris from the burst aquarium is seen on the ground in front of the Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin today

Debris from the burst aquarium is seen on the bottom in front of the Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin today

A dead tropical fish lays in the debris inside the hotel following the explosion on Friday Remains of a fish following the explosion on Friday

Dead tropical fish lay within the debris contained in the hotel following the explosion on Friday 

A man looks through the debris outside the Radisson Blu hotel after the aquarium burst today

A person looks through the debris outside the Radisson Blu hotel after the aquarium burst today

Debris lies in front of the Radisson Blu hotel, where a huge aquarium located in the hotel's lobby burst on Friday

Debris lies in front of the Radisson Blu hotel, where an enormous aquarium positioned within the hotel’s lobby burst on Friday

Firefighters are deployed outside the Radisson Blu hotel, where a huge aquarium located in the hotel's lobby burst on Friday

Firefighters are deployed outside the Radisson Blu hotel, where an enormous aquarium positioned within the hotel’s lobby burst on Friday

Emergency responders evacuate additional fish that were located in other aquariums inside the hotel

Emergency responders evacuate additional fish that were positioned in other aquariums contained in the hotel 

Two fish swim in a bucket filled with water and are carried out of the hotel after a different aquarium tank exploded

Two fish swim in a bucket full of water and are carried out of the hotel after a distinct aquarium tank exploded 

There was speculation freezing temperatures that got all the way down to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14F) overnight caused a crack within the acrylic glass tank, which then exploded under the burden of the water. 

Police said there was no evidence the incident resulted from an attack. 

Footage from contained in the hotel showed extensive damage to the transparent aquarium, with only the frame still standing.

Broken window panes and damaged furniture were scattered near the scene.

Greater than 100 emergency employees and rescue dogs were deployed to look the constructing for anyone who is perhaps trapped under the debris, Berlin’s firefighting service said. 

‘The aquarium is broken, water is leaking out. The situation is unclear in the mean time,’ it said. ‘1,000,000 litres of water and all of the fish inside spilled onto the bottom floor.’ 

German lawmaker Sandra Weeser, who was staying on the hotel when the aquarium burst, said she was woken up by ‘a type of shock wave’.

The street outside the hotel after a leak of the AquaDom aquarium in central Berlin near Alexanderplatz today

The road outside the hotel after a leak of the AquaDom aquarium in central Berlin near Alexanderplatz today 

Debris lay on the street after the tank burst in the German capital today

Debris lay on the road after the tank burst within the German capital today

The aquarium before the explosion at the hotel The tank in the German capital featured 1,500 tropical fish

Pictured: The aquarium, which featured 1,500 tropical fish, before the explosion on the hotel

‘There was a slight tremor of the constructing and my first guess was an earthquake,’ she told the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper.

‘There are shards (of glass) in every single place. The furniture, all the things has been flooded with water,’ she said. ‘It looks a bit like a war zone.’ 

The world where the aquarium once stood was now just ‘dark and wet’ she said, recalling how she saw ‘one in all those large parrotfish lying on the bottom, frozen’.

Hotel guest Claudia Gonzales said she ‘jolted away from bed’ when the aquarium burst.

‘It sounded almost like a firework however the hotel actually shook inside,’ she said. 

 Aquarium operator Sea Life said it was saddened by the incident and was attempting to get more information concerning the incident from the owners of the AquaDom.

Sea Life’s own aquarium is positioned in the identical constructing and visitors can tour it and the AquaDom on a single ticket.

Around 350 people who had been staying at the hotel in the complex were asked to pack their belongings and leave the building

Around 350 individuals who had been staying on the hotel within the complex were asked to pack their belongings and leave the constructing

Emergency services work on a street outside a hotel after the AquaDom aquarium in the German capital leaked

Emergency services work on a street outside a hotel after the AquaDom aquarium within the German capital leaked

Two people, including a hotel worker, suffered injuries from glass splinters and needed to be hospitalised, a spokesman from the Berlin fire department said. 

Witness Gwendolin Szyszkowitz told German news channel n-tv that she heard a loud bang and initially feared a bomb had exploded. 

Berlin police urged drivers to avoid the realm, warning on Twitter that water is ‘massively’ leaking from the aquarium onto the adjoining Karl Liebknecht Street. 

Emergency services were forced to shut a serious road next to the complex that leads from Alexanderplatz toward the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on account of the big volume of water that had flooded out of the constructing. The tram service was also suspended.

The road and the pavement outside the complex were affected by debris. 

Around 350 individuals who had been staying on the hotel within the complex were asked to pack their belongings and leave the constructing.

Buses were sent to supply shelter for guests, police said on Twitter, as outside temperatures in Berlin stood around -7 degrees Celsius (19.4F).

A drone was getting used to survey the extent of the destruction, a fire service spokesman said.

Emergency workers respond at the scene of a broken giant aquarium in Berlin

Emergency employees respond on the scene of a broken giant aquarium in Berlin

Emergency services shut a major road next to the complex that leads from Alexanderplatz toward the Brandenburg Gate due to the large volume of water that had flooded out of the building

Emergency services shut a serious road next to the complex that leads from Alexanderplatz toward the Brandenburg Gate on account of the big volume of water that had flooded out of the constructing

Police said a Lindt chocolate store and a number of other restaurants in the identical constructing complex, in addition to an underground parking garage next to the hotel, sustained damage from the incident. 

A fireplace service spokesman said constructing safety experts were assessing the extent to which the hotel had sustained structural damage.

Hours after the incident, trucks began clearing away the debris that had spilled out onto the road in front of the hotel. 

The cylindrical aquarium is positioned within the foyer of a Radisson Blu hotel and has a clear-walled elevator built inside that was utilized by visitors to the Sea Life leisure complex, which also has a hotel, shops and restaurants. 

Operators say the aquarium has the most important cylindrical tank on this planet and contained 1,500 tropical fish of 80 different species before the incident. 

The aquarium, which was inbuilt 2004, was last refurbished in 2020, in accordance with the web site of the DomAquaree complex. 

In the course of the upgrading work, all of the water was drained from the tank and the fish were moved to aquariums within the basement of the constructing, where there may be a breeding care facility for the fish, it said. 

The Bild newspaper said the aquarium had only reopened this summer after a two-year renovation that cost around 2.6 million euros (£2.2 million). 

The complex that housed the aquarium can be home to the GDR museum, dedicated to on a regular basis life in former communist East Germany.

The museum, positioned within the basement of the complex, suffered serious water damage and can likely remain closed until late February, its director Gordon von Godin told local media.

The Sea Life Berlin centre, which sells tickets for the AquaDom elevator ride and in addition has its own collection of aquariums nearby, said it too would remain shut ‘until further notice’.

A spokesman stressed that Sea Life Berlin didn’t own the aquarium nor was it accountable for its maintenance.

‘We are attempting to get information from the owners of AquaDom,’ he said in a press release.

The aquarium is a serious tourist attraction in Berlin. The ten-minute elevator ride through the tank was one in all the highlights.

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