World's largest aquarium containing more than 1,500 fish explodes in Berlin

The ‘AquaDom’ is 15.85m high (52 ft) and was known as the largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium in the world.

Published on Dec 17, 2022 10:25 AM IST 10 Photos

The world's largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium in the world, the AquaDom in Berlin burst, spilling debris, water and hundreds of tropical fish out of the aquarium on Friday. (AP)

The company that owns the AquaDom, Union Investment Real Estate, said in a statement Friday afternoon that the reasons for the incident were “still unclear.”(AFP)

1 million litres (264,000 gallons) of water poured from the aquarium shortly before 6 a.m. (0500 GMT), the police said. They also informed that parts of the building, which also contains a hotel, cafes and a chocolate store, were damaged. (AP)


“Despite all the destruction, we were still very lucky,” she said. “We would have had terrible human damage” had the aquarium burst even an hour later, once more people were awake and in the hotel and the surrounding area, Mayor Franziska Giffey said. (AP)

About 300 guests and employees had to be evacuated from the hotel surrounding the aquarium, police said. (REUTERS)