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megaton

1. one million tons
2. an explosive power, esp of a nuclear weapon, equal to the power of one million tons of TNT

megaton

[′meg·ə‚tən]
(physics)
The energy released by 1,000,000 metric tons of chemical high explosive calculated at a rate of 1000 calories per gram, or a total of 4.18 × 1015 joules; used principally in expressing the energy released by a nuclear bomb. Abbreviated MT.
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Kidderminster, where there was a significant Ministry of Defence stockpile of rockets, would also have been hit with at least two megatons.
The Megatons to Megawatts program is on track to downblend the equivalent of 20,000 nuclear warheads into nuclear fuel by the end of 2013.
Cheltenham, home to defence intelligence centre GCHQ, is also listed as a key target in the government category with a combined attack of up to three megatons.
Under the terms of its agreement with TENEX, the supply of LEU to USEC will begin in 2013 and ramp up until it reaches a level in 2015 that is approximately one-half the level currently supplied by TENEX to USEC under the Megatons to Megawatts program with the mutual option to increase the quantities up to the same level as that program.
The Megatons to Megawatts Program made a substantial contribution both to the elimination of nuclear weapons material and to nuclear energy generation in the United States.
The explosion was one of the largest recorded and equivalent to a blast of a billion megatons of TNT.
But its expected demise next year promises to be even more spectacular: a fiery death in Jupiter's atmosphere that could release as much energy as a billion megatons of TNT.
NYSE: USU) announced today that the Megatons to Megawatts[TM] program has eliminated 425 metric tons of highly enriched uranium, the equivalent of 17,000 nuclear warheads, by converting it into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.
and Techsnabexport (Tenex), the Megatons to Megawatts program is reaching its end, the companies established by the U.
They calculated around 48 megatons of carbon per year are emitted as CO2 and a further 3 megatons of carbon are emitted as methane from the reservoir surface.
Whatever, we can tell you the film firm is quite sensitive about the suggestion that tots don't belong at ``Hunchback,'' particularly since Disney is aiming megatons of merchandise their way.