'Wave of devastation' after huge fish tank at aquarium bursts

At least one person was injured after the aquarium in Berlin burst.

A huge fish tank in a Berlin hotel has burst, causing a wave of devastation in and around the tourist attraction, German police said.

Glass and other debris were swept out of the building, which also contains a hotel and cafes, as one million litres of water poured out of the aquarium shortly before 6am local time.

The 50-foot-high, 264,000-gallon cylindrical tank called AquaDom, housed around 1,500 fish.

Police spokesman Martin Stralau said at least one person was lightly injured.

There was speculation that freezing temperatures contributed to the leak but Mr Stralau said the cause of the incident is still being investigated.

Witness Gwendolin Szyszkowitz told German news channel n-tv that she heard a loud bang and initially feared a bomb had exploded.

Operators say the aquarium had the biggest cylindrical tank in the world and contained 1,500 tropical fish of 80 different species before the incident. The aquarium, which was last modernised in 2020, is a major tourist attraction in Berlin.

The ten minute elevator ride through the tank was one of the highlights of the centre.

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