Boom Table

Note in the table below, there is some controversy over the exact values of some of these figures. Note also that the largest SI prefix is "yotta-" which is 1 x 1024. For TNT equivalent, the energy of one gram of TNT was arbitrarily standardized by scientists to exactly 4184 joules (1000 thermochemical calories).

**0.0 x 1000 Joules: Big Bang (interpretation one)**

1.0 x 1002 J: Firecracker

1.4 x 1003 J: kinetic energy of a 3.5 g AK-74 bullet fired at 900 m/s

3.3 x 1003 J: kinetic energy of a 9.33 g NATO rifle cartridge fired at 838 m/s

4.184 x 1003 J: 1 gram TNT equivalent = 1 microton of TNT

1.3 x 1005 J: Anti-personnel land mine (31 grams TNT charge)

2.1 x 1005 J: Single round of depleted uranium from an A-10 Warthog's GAU-8 rotating cannon (1,800 rpm) = 50 grams TNT equivalent

8.4 x 1005 J: 1 stick TNT (200 grams)

9.5 x 1005 J: Hand grenade (226 grams of TNT charge)

**4.184 x 1006 J: 1 kilogram TNT equivalent = 1 milliton of TNT**

6.1 x 1006 J: 120mm Tank Gun KE Ammunition (KEW-A1) = 1.4 kilogram TNT equivalent

2.1 x 1007 J: Anti-tank mine (5 kg TNT charge)

3.9 x 1007 J: Impact energy of proposed Navy 64 megajoule railgun

1.2 x 1008 J: 1 gallon of gasoline = 28 kilograms TNT equivalent

1.8 x 1008 J: 1 microgram of antimatter + 1 microgram of matter = 43 kilograms TNT equivalent

5.3 x 1008 J: Battleship Iowa 16 inch shell with 54 kg high explosive charge = 127 kilograms TNT equivalent

1.9 x 1009 J: Tomahawk cruise missile (TLAM-C) = 454 kilograms TNT equivalent

**4.184 x 1009 J: 1 ton TNT equivalent**

8.4 x 1009 J: Oklahoma City bombing = 0.002 kiloton = 2 tons TNT equivalent

2.0 x 1010 J: Average lightning bolt = 4.8 tons TNT equivalent

3.6 x 1010 J: Average tornado = 8.6 TNT equivalent

4.2 x 1010 J: Davy Crockett tactical nuclear weapon = 0.01 kiloton = 10 tons TNT equivalent

5.0 x 1010 J: yield energy of a MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb, the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed = 12 tons TNT

1.8 x 1011 J: 1 milligram of antimatter + 1 milligram of matter = 43 tons TNT equivalent

**4.184 x 1012 J: 1 kiloton**

3.6 x 1013 J: energy released by an average thunderstorm = 9 kilotons

4.6 x 1013 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 gram at 75% c = 11 kilotons

6.3 x 1013 J: 1 Hiroshima "Little Boy" = 15 kilotons

8.8 x 1013 J: Nagasaki "Fat Man" = 21 kilotons

1.2 x 1014 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 gram at 90% c = 29 kilotons

1.8 x 1014 J: 1 gram of antimatter + 1 gram of matter = 43 kilotons

4.2 x 1014 J: W76 warhead = 100 kilotons

5.5 x 1014 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 gram at 99% c = 132 kilotons

6.0 x 1014 J: energy released by an average hurricane in one second = 143 kilotons/sec

1.3 x 1015 J: W87 warhead = 300 kilotons

1.4 x 1015 J: Earthquake 6.9 on the Richter scale = 338 kilotons

1.9 x 1015 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 gram at 99.9% c = 454 kilotons

2.0 x 1015 J: W88 warhead = 475 kilotons

2.0 x 1015 J: Earthquake 7.0 on the Richter scale = 477 kilotons

2.1 x 1015 J: Ivy King device = 500 kilotons (largest pure fission device ever made)

**4.184 x 1015 J: 1 megaton = 67 Hiroshimas**

5.0 x 1015 J: B83 nuclear bomb = up to 1.2 megatons (most powerful U.S. weapon in active service)

6.3 x 1015 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 gram at 99.99% c = 1.5 megatons

1.5 x 1016 J: 1 Barringer Meteor Crater = 3.5 megatons

3.8 x 1016 J: B53 nuclear bomb = 9 megatons (most powerful US warhead; no longer in active service)

4.4 x 1016 J: Eniwetok = 10.4 megatons

4.6 x 1016 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 kilogram at 75% c = 11 megatons

6.3 x 1016 J: Castle Bravo device (Bikini Atoll) = 15 megatons (most powerful US test)

6.3 x 1016 J: 1 Tunguska event = 15 megatons = 4.3 Barringer Meteor Craters

6.3 x 1016 J: Earthquake 8.0 on the Richter scale = 15 megatons

1.1 x 1017 J: 1 "city killer" = 25 megatons

1.1 x 1017 J: B41 bomb = up to 25 megatons (most powerful US bomb; no longer in active service)

1.1 x 1017 J: Mount St. Helens = 25 megatons = 1.6 Tunguskas

1.2 x 1017 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 kilogram at 90% c = 29 megatons

1.3 x 1017 J: energy released by an average hurricane in one day = 31 megatons/day

1.7 x 1017 J: total energy from the Sun that strikes the face of the Earth each second = 42 megatons/sec

1.8 x 1017 J: 1 kilogram of antimatter + 1 kilogram of matter = 43 megatons

2.1 x 1017 J: Tsar Bomba device = 50 megatons (USSR, most powerful nuclear test ever)

2.7 x 1017 J: Star Trek photon torpedo = 1.5 kg antimatter + 1.5 kg matter = 64.3 megatons

3.6 x 1017 J: Earthquake 8.5 on the Richter scale = 85 megatons

5.0 x 1017 J: Earthquake 8.6 on the Richter scale = 120 megatons

5.5 x 1017 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 kilogram at 99% c = 132 megatons

6.3 x 1017 J: 1 Krakatoa = 150 megatons = 6 Mount St. Helens

7.1 x 1017 J: Earthquake 8.7 on the Richter scale = 120 megatons

1.0 x 1018 J: Earthquake 8.8 on the Richter scale = 239 megatons

1.9 x 1018 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 kilogram at 99.9% c = 454 megatons

2.0 x 1018 J: Earthquake 9.0 on the Richter scale = 477 megatons

2.5 x 1018 J: 1 Thera = 600 megatons = 6 Krakatoas

2.8 x 1018 J: Earthquake 9.1 on the Richter scale = 674 megatons

4.0 x 1018 J: Earthquake 9.2 on the Richter scale = 952 megatons

4.0 x 1018 J: energy released by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (between 9.1 and 9.3 on the Richter scale)

**4.184 x 1018 J: 1 gigaton = 1000 megatons**

6.3 x 1018 J: Relativistic weapon: 1 kilogram at 99.99% c = 1.5 gigatons

1.1 x 1019 J: Earthquake 9.5 on the Richter scale = 3 gigatons

1.8 x 1020 J: 1 metric ton of antimatter + 1 metric ton of matter = 43 gigatons

**4.184 x 1021 J: 1 teraton = 1000 gigatons = 1e6 megatons**

1.5 x 1022 J: total energy from the Sun that strikes the face of the Earth each day = 4 teratons/day

2.5 x 1022 J: 1 Shoemaker-Levy = 6 teratons = 10,000 Theras

2.0 x 1023 J: Solar flare = 48 teratons

3.4 x 1023 J: 1 Dinosaur Killer = 8e7 megatons = 80,000 gigatons = 80 teratons = 13 Shoemaker-Levys

5.0 x 1023 J: 1 Chicxulub Crater = 120 teratons = 20 Shoemaker-Levys

3.0 x 1024 J: 1 Wilkes Land crater = 720 teratons = 6 Chicxulub Craters

**4.184 x 1024 J: 1 petaton = 1000 teratons**

5.5 x 1024 J: total energy from the Sun that strikes the face of the Earth each year = 1 petaton/year

3.2 x 1026 J: Energy required blow off Terra's atmosphere = 77 petatons

3.9 x 1026 J: total energy output of the Sun each second = 92 petatons/sec

6.6 x 1026 J: Energy required to heat all the oceans of Terra to boiling = 158 petatons

**4.184 x 1027 J: 1 exaton = 1000 petatons**

4.5 x 1027 J: Energy required to vaporize all the oceans of Terra = 1 exaton

7.0 x 1027 J: Energy required to vaporize all the oceans of Terra and dehydrate the crust = 2 exatons

2.9 x 1028 J: Energy required to melt the (dry) crust of Terra = 7 exatons

1.0 x 1029 J: Energy required blow off Terra's oceans = 24 exatons

2.1 x 1029 J: Earth's rotational energy = 50 exatons

1.5 x 1030 J: Energy required blow off Terra's crust = 359 exatons

**4.184 x 1030 J: 1 zettaton = 1000 exatons**

2.9 x 1031 J: Energy required to blow up Terra (reduce to gravel orbiting the sun) = 7 zettatons

3.3 x 1031 J: total energy output of the Sun each day = 8 zettatons/day

5.9 x 1031 J: Energy required to blow up Terra (reduce to gravel flying out of former orbit) = 14 zettatons

2.9 x 1032 J: Energy required to blow up Terra (reduce to gravel and move pieces to infinity) = 69 zettatons

**4.184 x 1033 J: 1 yottaton = 1000 zettatons**

1.2 x 1034 J: total energy output of the Sun each year = 3 yottatons/year

**4.184 x 1036 J: 1 x 1027 tons = 1000 yottatons**

6.0 x 1037 J: Nova Persei = 1.4 x 1028 tons

1.2 x 1038 J: total energy output of the Sun in ten thousand years = 2.9 x 1028 tons/deca-millennium

**4.184 x 1039 J: 1 x 1030 tons = 1,000,000 yottatons**

1.0 x 1040 J: one second's worth of output from a quasar = 2.0 x 1030 tons/sec

1.0 x 1042 J: Energy in photons from a type I supernova = 0.01 foe = 2.7 x 1032 tons

**4.184 x 1042 J: 1 x 1033 tons = 1,000,000,000 yottatons**

3.0 x 1043 J: Energy needed to make the local superbubble (Supernova Geminga) = 0.3 foe = 7.0 x 1033 tons

**1.0 x 1044 J: 1 Foe (ten to the Fifty-One Ergs, unit of supernova strength)**

1.0 x 1044 J: Energy in neutrinos from a type I supernova = 1 foe = 2.4 x 1034 tons

1.3 x 1044 J: Total radiant energy from the Sun (approximately ten billion years worth) = 3.1 x 1034 tons/solar lifetime

3.0 x 1044 J: Energy in photons from a type II supernova = 1.3 foes = 7.2 x 1034 tons

1.0 x 1045 J: Gamma-ray burster = 10 foes = 2.4 x 1035 tons

**4.184 x 1045 J: 1 x 1036 tons = 1,000,000,000,000 yottatons = 41.84 foes**

1.0 x 1046 J: Energy in photons from a hypernova = 100 foes = 2.0 x 1036 tons

3.0 x 1046 J: Energy in neutrinos from a type II supernova = 300 foes = 7.0 x 1036 tons

1.0 x 1048 J: Energy in neutrinos from a hypernova = 10,000 foes = 2.4 x 1038 tons

**4.184 x 1048 J: 1 x 1039 tons = 1,000,000,000,000,000 yottatons = 41,840 foes**

3.0 x 1069 J: Big Bang (interpretation two)

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