This is coolbert:
"As is alleged about 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate went sky high literally. Equal to about a one kilo-ton atomic detonation."
See my previous blog entry.
Exactly how big was that blast in Beirut? About a kiloton of TNT?
Lawrence having done the figures for us based upon the reports of damage Beirut.
"calculate the explosive yield using the Nukemap, based on shattering windows at the airport (the 1 psi over-pressure ring) and ignoring radiation effects."
* 300 kiloton blast. [based on reported blast damge]
* 1.155 kilotons [ammonium nitrate only]
* 1.98 kilotons [ammonium nitrate mixed with fuel oil]
THOSE TWO LATTER FIGURES MORE CORRECT! ABOUT ONE KILOTON! ABOUT WHAT WOULD BE THE CASE WITH A TACTICAL ATOMIC WEAPON.
No radiation, no burns, but lots of blast damage!!