Huge aquarium containing 1,500 tropical fish exploded in Berlin: NPR

A dead fish was seen among the wreckage in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, where a huge aquarium located in the lobby of the hotel exploded on Friday. Berlin police said on Twitter that in addition to causing “incredible marine damage”, the accident injured two people from glass shards.

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A dead fish was seen among the wreckage in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, where a huge aquarium located in the lobby of the hotel exploded on Friday. Berlin police said on Twitter that in addition to causing “incredible marine damage”, the accident injured two people from glass shards.

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The huge cylindrical aquarium was a wonder, the centerpiece of a famous hotel in Berlin. But in the early hours of Friday morning, it exploded — and soon after, Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffe said all of the roughly 1,500 fish the aquarium had held were believed to have died. Reports later emerged that workers may have managed to save some of the animals.

The AquaDom has been described as the largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium in the world. The Berlin fire brigade said the aquarium had taken over the grand lobby of the Radisson Collection Hotel – water blew parts of the hotel’s facade into the road and badly damaged the building.

The catastrophic rupture of the Aqua Dome occurred around 5:45 a.m. local time, sending a million liters (more than a quarter of a million gallons) of salt water – and fish – pouring into the hotel lobby and lobby and out into the street as dozens of emergency response workers rushed to scene.

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Berlin police Say Two people were wounded by shards of glass. They also say there are no indications of a crime.

In this file photo, a diver cleans the glass of the giant cylindrical aquarium known as the AquaDom in Berlin, Germany. The massive aquarium exploded on Friday.

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Building owner Says The Aqua Dome was completely destroyed, and the reason is not yet known. The hotel is now closed due to damages. Radisson saysadding that all guests will be transferred.

People who were staying at the hotel reported being awakened by a loud crash or rumbling noise, only to realize that the huge fish tank had suddenly disappeared. The disaster left dead fish, dilapidated furniture and rubble strewn around the hotel lobby, according to eyewitnesses. German wave.

There are reports that some fish may be able to withstand the sudden collapse of their habitat, which was saved by small pools of water from the flood. German public broadcaster RBB Reports indicate that some fish were apparently found near an elevator and moved to a tank at the Sea Life Berlin facility in the same complex – but they suggest that these and other animals were also in danger, because the power supply had failed in that part of the Building.

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If the water carried them outside, any surviving animals would immediately struggle to survive the cold, as temperatures in Berlin were below freezing. While the water in the fish tank was kept around 79 degreeswas only expected to rise on Friday 29 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Grand Aquarium and Hotel are part of the DomAquaree Building, a complex located near the Berlin Cathedral. A plain-sided elevator traveled through its center, and visitors could sit under the huge aquarium in the bar and café area.

The tragic failure of the aquarium comes months after that It reopened during the summerAfter it closed for modernization work in October 2019, according to its website.

The news screen displays “Major operation – hotel chaos – 16-meter-high aquarium explosion in Berlin” in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel. A huge aquarium located in the hotel lobby exploded on Friday.

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The news screen displays “Major operation – hotel chaos – 16-meter-high aquarium explodes in Berlin” in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel. A huge aquarium located in the hotel lobby exploded on Friday.

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Speaking at the scene shortly after the aquarium collapse, Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffe He said that if the disaster occurred only an hour later, when more people were swarming through the hotel in the bustling Mitte district, the number of victims could be even worse.

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