The 11 ton explosive power of the MOAB is very small when you compare it with the tactical nukes in our arsenal.
The lowest yield on the B61 nuclear bomb is 300 tons.
That is 27 times more explosive power than the MOAB.
Never underestimate the effect of 18,700 pounds of high explosive. I witnessed the effect of the MOAB predecessor, the BLU-82 “Daisy Cutter”. The effects on people are rather dramatic (even those under cover): (1) the overpressure from the blast will kill you; (2) the blast consumes all the available oxygen and suffocates you; (3) the shock wave will turn you into either Jell-O or a gibbering idiot if you're not killed.
When the BLU-82 went off, we were 5 miles away and we felt, heard, and saw the blast. There was a mushroom cloud that looked like a tactical nuke. We had people surrendering for three weeks after that bomb went off.
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