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TNT equivalent

A measure of the energy released from the detonation of a nuclear weapon, or from the explosion of a given quantity of fissionable material, in terms of the amount of TNT (trinitrotoluene) which could release the same amount of energy when exploded.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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The explosion from the impact could produce an energy that's equivalent to almost 6 million tons of TNT.
Made by British scientists, the bomb was equivalent to one million tons of TNT.
What is the unit used in measuring nuclear explosions that is equal to an explosion of one million tons of TNT? A Megaton B Milloton C Ton D Centoton 15.
The explosion unleashed the equivalent force of 22,000 tons of TNT. The hills that surrounded the city did a better job of containing the destructive force, but the number killed is estimated at anywhere between 60,000 and 80,000 (exact figures are impossible, the blast having obliterated bodies and disintegrated records).
The ship exploded with the equivalent of 3,000 tons of TNT, one fifth of the power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
To analyze such a virtual disaster, the experts chose a bomb of 250 kilos tons of TNT. According to the study, more than 1 million people would be affected by such a blast in the city center, killing 378,000 people and injuring 860,000 others.
He traces the emergence of nanotechnology, discusses the current development of nanoweapons (such as the "mini-nuke", a device that weighs five pounds and carries the power of one hundred tons of TNT) and offers concrete recommendations, founded in historical precedent, for controlling their proliferation and avoiding human annihilation.
A megaton is the explosive power of one million tons of TNT. Dr French, an expert on large space objects in the agency's Solar System Exploration Division, said in an interview that such an impact would create a crater between five miles and 10 miles wide and perhaps a mile deep.
Reminding the world that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the dawn of the nuclear age, the UN chief said 70 years ago in 1945, the Trinity Test unleashed the power of more than 20,000 tons of TNT and precipitated over 2,000 additional nuclear tests.
The National Earthquake Bureau said the first blast was the equivalent of three tons of TNT, and the second 21 tons.
The magnitude of the first explosion was the equivalent of detonating three tons of TNT, the China Earthquake Networks Centre said on its verified Weibo account, followed by a second blast equal to 21 tons.