700-ton bomb want have adverse effects?

Hearst News Service:

The Pentagon plans to explode a massive 700-ton conventional bomb on June 2 at the Nevada atomic test site as part of a U.S. military program to develop weapons for destroying underground enemy bunkers.

The blast will be one of the largest explosive tests since the end of the Cold War.


Irene Smith, a spokeswoman for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said the blast will register between 3.1 and 3.4 on the Richter sale but that "there will be no adverse effects to surrounding facilities."


Isn't the bomb supposed to have adverse effects in the area where it explodes? I am guessing the 700-tons refers to a blast equivalent to that many tons of TNT. If the bomb really weighed that much, I do not see how it would ever be carried aloft.


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