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Re: Mini-Nukes

Incidentally, when thinking of the yield of nuclear weapons, it’s helpful to

try to visualize the numbers. One kiloton, for example, means equivalent to

a thousand tons of high explosive. Since H.E. is very roughly the same

density as water, and a cubic foot of water weighs about 62 pounds, a

thousand tons of H.E. would fill 36,000 or so cubic feet–which is to say, a

cubic space about 33 feet on a side. That’s about the interior space of my

modest suburban house, if you include basement and attic. A houseful of

high explosive–quite a bang. And that’s one kiloton.

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