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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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A communications centre at Rugby could have been hit with at least one megaton, while RAF bomber bases in Gaydon and Pershore would each have been devastated with a three megaton blast.
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However, there was some cause for celebration yesterday for British-based visitors to Tokyo racecourse when Frankie Dettori, unplaced on second favourite Saqalat in the big race, won the final race on three-yearold colt Megaton Cafe.
They feared it had a one-in-four chance of striking with the force of a one megaton bomb.
government estimates of urban-fire casualties that might be triggered by the detonation of a 1 megaton (MT) nuclear bomb have been based on the assumption that the casualty rate for any given peak shock wave pressure, or "overpressure," would be similar to that experienced in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
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About 3,000 survivors who witnessed an eight megaton blast at Christmas Island in 1957 hoped to get up to pounds 100,000 each.
It is estimated that a collision with the asteroid would result in an explosive force equivalent to 15,000 megatons of TNT, which would trigger earthquakes and tsunamis and cause destruction on a global scale.