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Aquarium in Shanghai Ruptures

By December 27, 2012

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A massive aquarium inside the Orient Center shopping mall in Shanghai suddenly burst Wednesday, sending 33 tons of water and the tank's sealife inhabitants onto unsuspecting shoppers, according to the International Business Times.

CCTV footage shows bystanders taking pictures seconds before a wall of water, sharks, turtles, and fish comes crashing down on the bustling shopping mall. Investigators believe the tank's warm water coupled with the cold tempature outside caused the 20-centimeter-thick acrylic glass to burst. The aquarium opened two years ago and the glass faces the street as well as the interior of the mall. While temperatures outside had been this cold before, investigators believe the glass may have turned brittle with the contrast of temperatures inside and outside the tank.

This isn't the first case of an infrastructure failure in China, but one has to wonder with the aquarium being only two years old if shoddy construction or inferior building materials could be to blame.

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December 29, 2012 at 6:58 am
(1) Jonathan law says:

It is the result of mixing recycled plastic instead of lucite or mixing part of it and selling panels as Acrylic. It is cheap and it had to happen some day. The supplier of the tank is Zhangjiagang City Xingcheng Acrylic Co., Ltd and i had a similar problem with this supplier with a 3metre tank 5 years back.

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