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 ..."
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.