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USA Today Tweets Out Massively Inaccurate Chart About Power of Atomic Bomb


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USA Today significantly misstated the power of the atomic bomb used against Hiroshima in a chart it tweeted out after a U.S. bombing conducted in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Targeting a series of Islamic State tunnels in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, the U.S. dropped a 21,600-pound GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs.” It has the explosive yield of 11 tons of TNT.

The atomic bomb used against Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, codenamed “Little Boy,” had an explosive yield equivalent to 15 kilotons of TNT, but the USA Today chart said it was merely 15 tons of TNT.

The difference is by a factor of 1,000. – READ MORE

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