kiloton kiloton


  1. (n) one thousand tons
  2. (n) a measure of explosive power (of an atomic weapon) equal to that of 1000 tons of TNT


  1. So did this: detonated in lower Manhattan, a 10-kiloton bomb would kill some 100,000 civilians and irradiate 700,000 more, flattening everything in a half-mile diameter.
  2. A feeble one-kiloton explosion sends a detectable wave as much as 2,000 miles downwind, 300 miles upwind, or an average of 800 miles under conditions of light and varying winds.
  3. It follows the 1967 Project Gasbuggy, a 26-kiloton explosion in New Mexico, and the 40-kiloton Project Rulison in Colorado in 1969.



  1. "Analysis of air samples collected on Oct. 11, 2006 detected radioactive debris which confirms that North Korea conducted an underground nuclear explosion in the vicinity of P'unggye on Oct. 9, 2006. The explosion yield was less than a kiloton,"...
    on Oct 16, 2006 By: John Negroponte Source: United Press International

  2. Sam Nunn, chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says we appear to have forgotten the "devastating, world-changing impact of a nuclear (terrorist) attack. If a 10-kiloton nuclear device goes off in...
    on Mar 21, 2006 By: Sam Nunn Source: United Press International

  3. As to a New York hit, Corsi says, "assume that the weapon is a 150-kiloton HEU gun-type bomb: all terrorists on the weapons delivery mission are vaporized as the weapon detonates."
    on Apr 10, 2005 By: Jerome Corsi Source: Enter Stage Right

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