Scientists set "Doomsday Clock"

Three Minutes before Midnight

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 'Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists', on the advice of 47 scientists (including 18 Nobel Prize winners), has set its "Doomsday Clock" forward 1 minute. It is now at 3 minutes before midnight, the closest in 30 years.

The clock was created by a group of nuclear scientists to show graphically how close they believe a nuclear holocaust is.

The Bulletin's clock was first set at 7 minutes before midnight in 1947. Its hands have been moved to as close as 2 minutes before midnight, when the Soviets detonated their first hydrogen bomb in 1953, and as far away as 12 minutes, when the arms-limitation agreement “SALT I” was signed in 1972.

"It is not only a question of the numbers of nuclear weapons," wrote the Bulletin's editor-in-chief, Bernard Feld. "More ominous is the inclination of the leaders of the nuclear powers to talk and act as though they were prepared to use these weapons."

Newspaper Article (22.12.83)