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Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist, chair of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists&nbsp;Board of Sponsors, left, and Thomas Pickering, co-chair of the International Crisis Group, display the Doomsday Clock during a news conference the at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, announcing that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist have moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock to two and a half minutes to midnight. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In 2019's 'new abnormal,' we're just as close to doomsday as we were in 2018

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Updated January 24, 2019 10:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — It's official: we're just as close to doomsday in 2019 as we were last year.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday morning that the hands on its "Doomsday Clock" weren't moving. We're still 2 minutes to "midnight," a.k.a. "how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making," the Bulletin's website says.

"We have in fact entered a period that we call the 'new abnormal,'" Bulletin president and CEO Rachel Bronson said during Thursday's announcement. "This new abnormal that the world now inhabits is unsustainable and unsettling. We appear to be normalizing a very dangerous world ..."

WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on Thursday was scheduled to announce the 2019 time on its "Doomsday Clock."

The clock currently measures 2 minutes to "midnight"—meaning such an apocalyptic scenario—the closest it's been to that extreme since 1953.

The Washington Post described the clock as a metaphorical measurement of how close humankind is to a global catastrophe ending the species.

The U.S. tested its first thermonuclear device in 1953, and the Soviet Union followed months later by conducting its first trial of a hydrogen bomb.

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