David Taylor, a former student of mine and current materials science student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, did this wonderful calculation and posted it on FaceBook.I have only a couple of notes to add.
1. Units 2 and 3 of the San Onofre Generating Station north of San Diego each generated 1 Gigawatts when they were running.
2. This is what 1/2 and 1 pound blocks of TNT look like. Now imagine 120,000 one-pound blocks of TNT.
|CREDIT: Soldier of Fortune|
3. E=mc^2. Three milligrams of matter is about a drop of water.
|CREDIT: José Manuel Suárez|
4. NPR reported that Americans are now eating nearly 2700 calories a day totaling one ton of food a year.
5. By the way, I know that TNT is not a component of dynamite. Nitroglycerine is, but Eating Dynamite is a better title.