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
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 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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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.