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I'm interested in a hypothetical question. I know that the EMT formula to calculate the energy released from a nuclear explosion is = Y to the power 2/3 where Y = megatons.

What i'm interested in is somewhat concerning MIRVs, and how to compute the energy released by many nuclear warheads at once in (for all means) the same spot.

For purposes of this discussion, let's assume the world wouldn't be completely annihilated by this explosion :p

So here it is:

There are 1 million nuclear explosions that take place in (for all means) the same spot. Each individual explosion is the result of a 10 Mt warhead.

I know the energy released by the explosion of a 1 Mt warhead = 4.18 x 10 to the power 15.

Initially i wanted to think that the resulting energy would be = 10 (number of Mt) x 1 million (the number of explosions) x 4.18 x 10 to the power 15.

But then i thought to myself that THAT would be the resulting energy of the explosion of a 10 million Mt warhead. Aka the initial quantity (10 Mt) x 1 million. BUT that would assume the entire quantity of TNT would be stored in one single warhead. And that's not what i'm interested in.

I'm interested in how to add up the resulting energy of 1 million explosions of 10 Mt warheads.

I'm willing to bet it adds up differently but i have no idea how to do it or what the result would be.

I'm sure it's greater than just 4.18 x 10 to the power 22.

So........what is it?

:D

Thanks for reading this in advance

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# Computing the released energy of several nuclear explosions

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