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The National Hurricane Center notes that a hurricane releases heat energy at a rate of 50 trillion to 200 trillion watts. (trillion here is used in the U.S. and French sense: a number followed by 12 zeros) This is the equivalent of a 10-megaton nuclear bomb exploding about every 20 minutes.
that of a 20-megaton bomb can do the same within a radius of 12 miles
Originally posted by GibsonM111
It depends on what the yield of the nuke is. The "Tsar Bomba" ("King of Bombs") was the world's largest bomb at 50 megatons. I read somewhere that it had a blast radius of 200 miles plus.