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A gigantic aquarium in the lobby of Berlin's Radisson Blu hotel has exploded, tragically killing most of the 1,500 fish contained within, and injuring two people.

The AquaDom, at one time described as the largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium in the world, was opened in December 2003 and stood nearly 16 metres high and contained a million litres of water. The incident happened at 5.50am, and witnesses reported being awoken by a loud bang and shaking.

According to reports, there was ‘incredible' damage, and in photographs from the scene you can see twisted metal and smashed concrete.

There has been speculation that freezing temperatures – which dropped as low as -6 degrees C overnight – may have caused a crack in the tank.

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The destruction left in the aftermath of the aquarium exploding
Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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