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How Big was That? Equivalent Energy Released by Bombs, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Starquakes.

June 26, 2014

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June 26, 2014 How Big Was That? Equivalent Energy Released by Bombs, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Star Quakes: Pictured above is an artist’s rendition of a neutron star named SGR 1806-20, which is located about 50,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius. It has a diameter of no more than 12 miles and rotates on its axis every 8 seconds. However, it is at the end of our odyssey into equivalent energy releases and explosive force.

For example, the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb blast was equivalent to 13 kilotons of TNT; which is equivalent to a 6.0 magnitude earthquake! The difference is that an atomic bomb releases most of its energy into the air, while an earthquake releases energy into the ground. Nevertheless, the explosive power, or energy release, is the same.

Some basic measurements: 1 kilo = 2.2 pounds, one kiloton (KT) equals 2,205…

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