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German rescue services said on Friday that a 16-meter aquarium exploded in a hotel in central Berlin, injuring two people, according to Reuters
services of Berlin, more than 100 first responders were called to repair damage to the Radisson Blu hotel in the Mitte district of the German capital, the cause of which has not yet been clarified.
Around 5:45 am local time, a very loud noise was heard and parts of the facade of the hotel, which housed the aquarium, flew out into the street, a police spokesman told a local publication RBB.
The Berlin road agency VIZ and the Berlin police reported that a huge amount of water spilled onto the street outside. Emergency services blocked the street where the — Karl-Liebknechtstrasse which leads from Alexanderplatz to the Brandenburg Gate, due to the large volume of water that leaked out of the building.
400 hotel guests were evacuated from the building and must be transported to another hotel in Berlin. Buses were sent to the complex to shelter people leaving the hotel as temperatures in Berlin were around -7 degrees Celsius, police said.
The DomAquaree building is only 350 meters from the Berlin Cathedral and includes the Sea Life Aquarium, as well as the so-called AquaDom, a giant aquarium that houses about 1,500 species of tropical fish.
According to the DomAquaree website, the AquaDom, a popular tourist attraction, is “the world's largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium. The 10-minute elevator ride through the aquarium was one of the highlights of the attraction.
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