Bay Area reacts to Doomsday clock advance

From left, Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist, chair of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Board of Sponsors; Thomas Pickering, co-chair of the International Crisis Group; and David Titley, a nationally known expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and national security, unveil the Doomsday Clock during a news conference 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)

(WFLA) – Doomsday clock watchers worry we could be one step closer to worldwide disaster.

“Nuclear rhetoric is now loose and destabilizing,” said For U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering.

The end of the world is the subject of movies and speculation. Will a huge meteorite crash on the planet and do us all in?

“The board advanced the time out of a growing concern about the deterioration in relations between the United States and Russia,” said Rachel Bronson, the Executive Director of the group in charge of the Doomsday clock.

Two and a half minutes to midnight, is where the doomsday clock is set.

Are we really much closer to blowing ourselves up or drowning ourselves in sea water?

Dina Formentini with the anti-war group, “St. Pete for Peace” believes the U.S. should set an example by not bombing other countries.

“I think it if they moved the hands based on what’s happened over the last year, including the Trump presidency, I think it was a good move before Barack Obama left the presidency, he put 3,500 troops on Russia’s border. That was a really dangerous move,” said Formentini.

On the Thursday night streets of St. Petersburg, News Channel 8 found support for advancing the doomsday clock.

“I don’t blame them for doing that, because I think that there is probably a bigger chance of some mishap befalling us within the next few years,” said Alex Ludovici.

Thursday’s minute-hand advance comes after worries about nuclear devices in North and South Korea, Japan, and the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

There is also concern about how President Trump will react to threats. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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