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Old December 27th, 2012 (11:00 PM).
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CCTV pictures captured the moment the giant tank burst, sending glass and fish flying into the crowd.

A man who was taking pictures of the aquarium when it broke was swept away by water.

Shoppers, store assistants and security staff suffered cuts and bruises as they were hit by pieces of 15cm-thick acrylic glass.

Three lemon sharks and dozens of small fishes and turtles were killed, according to reports.

Police have begun an investigation after the tank burst without warning.

"I was just walking by and heard the explosion of this water tank. I heard a bang, then water flushed out," said an unnamed passer-by.

"A cosmetics counter collapsed. The shop assistant was pulled out by other people," said another unidentified witness.

A safety expert said: "According to experts' preliminary investigation, the main cause of the incident is that the material used to make the aquarium ruptured under low temperatures after long-time use."

The Orient shopping centre said it had no plans to rebuild the aquarium which had become a popular attraction since it was installed two years ago.
http://news.sky.com/story/1030569/china-shark-tank-explodes-at-shopping-centre

Ah, good ol China... I just love how they make things that really shouldn't go boom, go boom.

I don't know whats worse/funnier. This exploding shark tank, or their classic exploding chair (Care to guess where the shrapnel from that goes?)
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Old December 27th, 2012 (11:42 PM).
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At least the glass is pretty thick so it's not definitely some attempt to cheap out on the materials again... could be an honest accident and not some way to cut budget while being cool for once, maybe? hopefully?

Then again, it's China and I really have little faith for quality products there =/

(Not going to get on a moral high horse and say boycott chinese products anytime soon... but I buy them with a low expectation in mind.)
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Those poor fish.

Who knows if any of them from the tank was a threatened species. China should really try to build better quality tanks.
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Hmm. What does it say about a person who's more upset about the dead fish, sharks and turtles than whatever may have happened to the civilians?

I'm referring to myself, of course.
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Well, that sucks for the fish. I just wonder why the glass wasn't thicker. The aquariums here have like, 2 foot thick glass. I guess it must have been by temperature cracks though, unless some idiot brought a gun or something in and punched a hole in it.
Poor fishies.
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The Shark Tank in Pretoria Zoo also exploded about 9 years back. Had some Ragged Tooth Sharks in, and a few other smaller fish species. And the glass came from China
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Quote originally posted by Pinkie-Dawn:
Those poor fish. :(

Who knows if any of them from the tank was a threatened species. China should really try to build better quality tanks.
Don't think any of them are... and even slightly thicker glass will result in a much higher cost. So I'm pretty sure the tank was made the way it is cause of money issue >_<;
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Who would have thought Chinese products would break?

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Hmm. What does it say about a person who's more upset about the dead fish, sharks and turtles than whatever may have happened to the civilians?

I'm referring to myself, of course.
It says a lot of things, none of them good, I assure you.
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Those poor fish. :(

Who knows if any of them from the tank was a threatened species. China should really try to build better quality tanks.
China should really try to build better quality everything.

It's disappointing to see these things happening. You'd think that in a modern day and age. they'd be able to catch these kinds of things before accidents happen. Guess not.
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Omg, all those poor fishes that died.. ><

I don't know what the odds of a fish tank breaking... these usually don't happen alot.
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Quote originally posted by Pinkie-Dawn:
Those poor fish. :(

Who knows if any of them from the tank was a threatened species. China should really try to build better quality tanks.
Considering How much the US is borrowing. They have to cut back to
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Quote originally posted by Pinkie-Dawn:
Those poor fish.

Who knows if any of them from the tank was a threatened species. China should really try to build better quality tanks.
I feel you.

Lemon sharks are currently Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, and pretty much every living species of sea turtle is in the Threatened range, some of them Critically Endangered. Don't know about the rest of the fish, the article didn't specify their species.

Sucks for the fish and the civilians involved. Also, 15-cm may or may not have been thick enough, but Monterey Bay Aquarium has exhibits that use supposedly the same material (acrylic, if I'm not mistaken) and their thicknesses vary from 3 to 13 inches (or about 8 - 33cm) and I've never heard of any of their exhibits doing something like this.

Also it says "A safety expert said: "According to experts' preliminary investigation, the main cause of the incident is that the material used to make the aquarium ruptured under low temperatures after long-time use."

So far it's looking like the main cause was poor maintenance.
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China should really try to build better quality everything.

It's disappointing to see these things happening. You'd think that in a modern day and age. they'd be able to catch these kinds of things before accidents happen. Guess not.
I think that it's more to do with the lack of trying in this particular incident... China has always been like that. It's great quality when they're on top of it like the gov't insane railroad networks and stuff, but the day to day things are just... ehhh...

They can do a good job too... IF they try u__u
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The man who got swept was in the wrong place at the right time, kinda hilarious.
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Sucks for the fish and the civilians involved. Also, 15-cm may or may not have been thick enough, but Monterey Bay Aquarium has exhibits that use supposedly the same material (acrylic, if I'm not mistaken) and their thicknesses vary from 3 to 13 inches (or about 8 - 33cm) and I've never heard of any of their exhibits doing something like this.

Also it says "A safety expert said: "According to experts' preliminary investigation, the main cause of the incident is that the material used to make the aquarium ruptured under low temperatures after long-time use."

So far it's looking like the main cause was poor maintenance.
Just like the rides in China's amusement parks. They show severe age that need refurbishment, yet they never have the time to do so. Some of the guys at Theme Park Review pointed out that they feared that these rides could break at any moment now. Aquariums are no different, as we can see in this article.
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The aquarium was installed 2 years ago.

Two years isn't long-time use.
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