Largest explosions quiz

Can you name some of the largest explosions known to humans? Including largest explosions accidental and deliberate, nuclear and non-nuclear, man-made and natural, on Earth and in space.
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TNT equivalent
Date
Record
Hint
Answer
11 tons
2003
Largest non-nuclear weapon test
American weapon, claims to be the largest conventional explosive
MOAB
44 tons
2007
Largest non-nuclear weapon test
Russian bomb, claims to be 4 times more powerful than the American one, but authenticity is questioned
FOAB
3,000 tons
6 December 1917
Possible largest accidental explosion
A Norwegian steamship collided with a French cargo ship carrying TNT in a Canadian harbour-town
Halifax Explosion
6,000 tons
4th October, 1918
Possible largest accidental explosion
A devastating explosion at an explosives facility in Sayreville, New Jersey
T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion
22,000 tons
9th August, 1945
Largest explosion ever used in armed combat
The nuclear bomb used at Nagasaki
Fat Man
15 megatons
June 30, 1908
Largest impact event known to man
A massive explosion occurring in Siberia, strongly believed to be a meteor impact event
Tunguska Event
57 megatons
October 30, 1961
The largest manmade explosion/largest nuclear explosion
Despite humans detonating over 2,000 nuclear weapons through history, the yield of this Soviet nuke accounts for 10% of the yield for all nuclear weapons combined
Tsar-Bomba
800 megatons
April 5, 1815
Largest recorded explosion ever experienced by humans/Largest volcanic eruption on record
This volcano on the island of Sumbawa erupted causing global climate change and harvest failure
Mount Tambora
96 teratons
65,000,000 B.C.
Largest explosion known to have taken place on Earth
An impact event at the end of the Cretaceous Period that caused the death of 60% of life on Earth, including the total extinction of these large reptiles
Dinosaurs
2.5Ã-1035 tons
230,000,000 B.C.
Largest recorded supernova
A supernova observed in 2006
SN2006gy
2Ã-1038 tons
11,000,000,000 B.C.
Largest explosion ever recorded
A gamma-ray burst observed in 2008, the equivalent of 100 Billion times the yield of all man-made nukes exploding every second for 100 Billion years, condensed to 23 minutes
GRB 080916C
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