"Doomsday Clock" update scheduled for January 23 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON (WIBW) -- The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live international news conference on January 23rd to announce whether the minute hand of the iconic "Doomsday Clock" will be adjusted.

The decision is made by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board in consultation with the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors, which includes 13 Nobel Laureates.

The factors contributing to the decision about the Doomsday Clock will be outlined on January 23rd.

The Doomsday Clock did not move in 2019.

However, the Doomsday Clock's minute hand was set forward in January 2018 by 30 seconds, to two minutes before midnight, the closest it has been to apocalypse since 1953 in the early years of the Cold War.

Previously, the Clock was moved from three minutes to midnight to two and a half minutes to midnight in January 2017.