Here’s What The ‘MOAB’ Would Do To 6 NC Cities
This past Thursday, the U.S. deployed the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal over Afghanistan. It can be difficult to comprehend the destructive power of the MOAB. Some think it may be nearly as powerful as an atomic weapon (its not), while others think it is similar to the conventional “smart bombs” we have been deploying in the middle east since 9/11.
To help you understand exactly what the destructive power the MOAB has, we have run a simulator to demonstrate what the impact would be if a MOAB was air burst over these six North Carolina cities: Raleigh, Cary, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Durham.
We have used the High-Yield Detonation Effects simulator, or HYDESim, that was developed specifically to show what U.S. military ordinance would do to American cities.
The 21,000-pound GBU-43, or Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon, which is also nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, has a blast radius of roughly 1 mile.
First lets see the impact on downtown Raleigh.