• Monty Alexander

Doomsday Clock moves 30 seconds forward


On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, the Doomsday Clock moved forward 30 seconds.

It moved forward for multiple reasons, such as dangerous nuclear rhetoric and the increasing threat of North Korea.

After World War Two, in 1947, the Doomsday Clock was created. Since it's creation, it has varied in multiple different times, predicting how close the world was to nuclear disaster.

The clock is now two minutes to midnight, the closest it has been since 1953, when the US tested the hydrogen bomb. It was also two minutes until midnight at that time.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, or BAS, is in charge of determining the time of the Doomsday Clock based off of events in the recent year. To them, 2017's events have caused the Doomsday Clock to move 30 seconds forward.

The clock's minute hand is metaphorical for the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe and how close it really is.The furthest it has been from midnight is 17 minutes, which was in 1991 when the Cold War ended.