Massive aquarium explodes in Berlin, killing 1,500 fish

There is something scary about this disaster where an entire aquarium in Berlin, Germany burst open and killed around 1500 fish of various species.

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Aquadom in Berlin

Located in the center of the Radisson Blu hotel, the 14 meter (about 46 feet) tall structure – the AquaDom – was the “largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium” in the world, according to Sea Life Berlin.

The explosion spilled an estimated 264,000 gallons of water and damaged plants, telephone lines and other nearby structures as the street overflowed with debris and fish. Authorities said it was fortunate that the incident occurred around 5:45 a.m. local time (when most guests were not active near the area where the tank was located). Only two guests were reported to be slightly injured.

Witnesses took to social media to share a devastating first-hand look at the aftermath.

“It is a tragedy for the fish,” said Markus Kamrad, a representative from the Berlin Senate New York Times. “We were lucky that it happened at one point that only two people were slightly injured. But it is of course unfortunate that so many fish died.”

The damage and shock caused by the AquaDom explosion was so powerful that it was initially thought to be an earthquake that seismographs in the area picked up the forces.

Certain breeds of exotic fish survived by staying in a pool of water near the bottom of the tank while others had been stored in the basement of the building and were not affected.

“Members of our management team are on the scene and, together with authorities, are looking into the cause of the incident,” Radisson said in a statement. “We have immediately closed the hotel until further notice and are moving guests.”

It is not yet clear what caused the explosion, but the authorities have said that no foul play is currently suspected.

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