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A million litre aquarium has exploded in a Berlin Hotel

An aquarium in Berlin that contained over 1,500 exotic fish exploded early Friday, spilling 1 million litres (264,172 gallons) of water and debris onto a busy Mitte district road, according to emergency services.

Around 100 emergency personnel went to the scene, which is a leisure complex that also includes a Radisson hotel, a museum, and an aquarium.

Sea Life Berlin provided glass elevator rides through the Aquadom aquarium, which it claims is the world’s biggest freestanding cylindrical aquarium, reaching 14 metres (46 feet) tall.

Two people were hurt by glass splinters, and police evacuated the complex’s hotel due to concerns about structural damage.

“Just chaos. The entire aquarium exploded, leaving nothing but wreckage. “There are several dead fish and debris,” Sandra Weeser, a hotel guest, told Reuters.

The Berlin fire brigade stated on Twitter that search and rescue dogs searched the ground level of the structure, which was too littered with debris for responders to approach, but discovered no casualties.

A fire brigade spokeswoman told Reuters that it was still unknown what caused the AquaDom aquarium to burst.

Police said buses were dispatched to give refuge to customers leaving the hotel as temperatures in Berlin remained around -7 degrees Celsius (19.4°F).
Due to the massive volume of water that had spilled out of the building, emergency services closed a key route next to the complex that connects from Alexanderplatz to the Brandenburg Gate.

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