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

  • 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.
  • It involved the simultaneous detonation of a row of three 15-kiloton nuclear charges (compared with 20 kilotons for the Hiroshima bomb), spaced about 500 ft.
  • 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.

  • John Negroponte in United Press International
    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,...
  • Sam Nunn in United Press International
    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...
  • Jerome Corsi in Enter Stage Right
    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."

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