Monday, July 22, 2024

World’s Largest Cylindrical Aquarium with 1,500 Exotic Fish Burst in Berlin

A huge aquarium in Berlin burst early on Friday, spilling 1 million liters (264,172 gallons) of water, around 1,500 exotic fish, and debris onto a major road in the busy Mitte district, emergency services said.

Around 100 emergency responders rushed to the site, a leisure complex that houses a Radisson hotel and a museum as well as what Sea Life Berlin said was the world’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium at 14 meters (46ft) in height.

“It felt like an earthquake,” said Naz Masraff, who had been staying at the hotel.


  • The world’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium, hosted in a Berlin leisure complex, burst early on Friday.
  • The aquarium was home to around 1,500 exotic fish and spilled 1 million liters of water and debris onto a major road in the busy Mitte district.
  • Two people were injured by splinters of glass, and emergency services asked around 350 hotel guests to leave amid concerns that there could be structural damage.

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