The “AquaDom” aquarium in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel exploded on Friday, German authorities confirmed.
Such sad news that this incredible piece of engineering is now gone, together with all the biodiversity it held!
Thankfully, no other serious injuries were registered.#aquadome #aquadom #radissonblu #berlin pic.twitter.com/yNOHlMxXPY
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The massive water feature, which housed 264,000 gallons of water and over 1,000 fish, left not only the hotel but the street outside looking like a war zone. Footage from after the explosion could have been ripped from a post-apocalyptic movie.
Watch: (** Language warning)
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The tank was the largest cylindrical aquarium in the world, holding up to 80 different types of tropical fish, most of which reportedly did not survive.
“We have not yet been able to walk the first floor completely, which is probably where these fish will be,” said Adrian Wentzel, a fire service spokesman. “But the thing is that the water has completely leaked out and these about 1,400 fish that were in this aquarium could not be saved, either.”
While the official cause of the break remains unclear, freezing temperatures are believed to have contributed, perhaps causing a crack in the glass and compromising the structural integrity of the aquarium.
The hotel was forced to evacuate around 300 guests who were staying at the time of the burst, but no injuries have been reported.
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