Berlin aquarium explodes: Official reveals ‘early indications’ of what caused massive breach


An official in Germany is speculating that the rupture of a 46-foot aquarium in Berlin was the result of “material fatigue”.

A huge aquarium inside a center of Berlin hotel exploded on Friday, releasing 264,000 liters of water and 1,500 fish and injuring two people.

HUGE BERLIN AQUARIUM WITH 1,500 FISH UNLOCKED, 2 INJURED AND FLOODING HOTEL WITH 260,000 LITERS OF WATER

People gather on top of the AquaDom aquarium at the Sea Life tourist attraction in Berlin, July 27, 2015.

People gather on top of the AquaDom aquarium at the Sea Life tourist attraction in Berlin, July 27, 2015.
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Senior Berlin security official Iris Spranger told German press authorities say “early indications point to material fatigue”.

However, no official cause has yet been determined.

Reynolds Polymer Technology, a US company that helped build the massive water tank, sent an envoy to Germany to investigate the accident.

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The AquaDom aquarium in central Berlin is seen in a split before and after image.  The cylinder burst on December 16, 2022, in this still image obtained from a social media video.

The AquaDom aquarium in central Berlin is seen in a split before and after image. The cylinder burst on December 16, 2022, in this still image obtained from a social media video.
(REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo | Niklas Scheele/via REUTERS)

The spill in the Radisson Blu lobby caused a wave of debris that swept through the hotel just before 6am local time, and rescue dogs are scouring the area to make sure no one is trapped under the wreckage .

The tank was the largest cylindrical aquarium in the world and was nicknamed the “AquaDom”, which held 80 different types of tropical fishincluding clownfish and clownfish, most of which are believed to have died in the accident.

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A dead fish lies in the debris in front of the Radisson Blu hotel where a huge aquarium located in the hotel lobby exploded on December 16, 2022 in Berlin.

A dead fish lies in the debris in front of the Radisson Blu hotel where a huge aquarium located in the hotel lobby exploded on December 16, 2022 in Berlin.
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Around 300 guests staying at the Radisson Blu they were forced to evacuate on Friday morning.

The tank, which had become a tourist attraction with a 10-minute elevator ride, was first built in 2003 and modernized in 2020.

Caitlin McFall of Fox News contributed to this report.

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