Dec 16, 2022 - World

Huge aquarium in Berlin collapses with 1,500 fish inside

 Debris lie around in front of the Radisson Blu hotel, where a huge aquarium located in the hotel's lobby burst on December 16, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.

Debris lies around in front of the Radisson Blu hotel, where a huge aquarium burst on Dec. 16, 2022 in Berlin,. Photo: Cuneyt Karadag/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A massive aquarium in a Berlin hotel burst open Friday, spilling hundreds of tropical fish onto the cold city streets and injuring at least two people, the city's mayor said.

Why it matters: Hotel guests were asked to leave the hotel and stand outside in freezing temperatures amid dead fish.

Driving the news: The 50-foot-high aquarium at the Radisson Blu in Berlin collapsed on Friday morning, per the New York Times.

  • About 100 firefighters responded to the incident at the AquaDom, NYT reports. Guests were evacuated from the inside and officials inspected the building for structural damage.
  • Two people were taken to the hospital to treat wounds suffered from shards of glass, per NYT.
  • 1,500 fish were spewed onto the streets.

It's unclear what caused the incident. But, according to the Associated Press, early speculation suggested the city's freezing temperatures caused a crack in the glass tank, which then exploded.

AquaDom in Berlin on June 1, 2022.
AquaDom in Berlin on June 1, 2022, before the incident. Photo: Annette Riedl/picture alliance via Getty Images

What they're saying: Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey said the spill released a "veritable tsunami" of water, but there weren't many injuries since it happened in the early morning, AP reports.

  • "Despite the immense destruction with around a million liters of water leaking out, it was a blessing in disguise," Giffey tweeted Friday. "No people were seriously injured."

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