Berlin’s massive aquarium explodes, spilling 1500 exotic fish onto the road

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Emergency services reported that a massive aquarium in Berlin burst early on Friday, spilling 1 million litres (264,172 gallons) of water, roughly 1,500 exotic fish, and debris onto a busy road in the Mitte district.

A total of 100 emergency personnel flocked to the location, a recreational complex that includes a Radisson hotel, a museum, and what Sea Life Berlin claimed to be the largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium in the world at a height of 14 metres (46 feet).

According to a representative for Union Investment, which oversees the real estate fund that owns the property, the 1,500 fish from the aquarium died.

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Fish are being rescued from a number of smaller tanks that were close to the AquaDom and avoided destruction but experienced power outages inside the structure, he said. (to Reuters)