Defcon News Archive. History Of Major Global Stories & AlertsBelow is an archive of our past major news alerts and stories affecting the defcon level or doomsday clock time.
March 22nd, 2017: Rising Conflict With ChinaTensions rise between the United States and China, as China issues a warning to a US bomber in the East China Sea over an emergency radio frequency. While the bomber was flying in international airspace, China insists it was flying in Chinese airspace.
March 6th, 2017: Iran Launches 2 MissilesIran has test fired 2 missiles close to a United States Naval ship in the Straits of Hormuz, one of which was successful in destroying a floating barge about 155 miles away.
Iranian revolutionary guard corps. boats on Saturday approached within a 600 yard radius of the tracking ship USNS Invincible.
March 6th, 2017: North Korea Launches 4 MissilesNorth Korea has launched four ballistic missiles into the sea of Japan Monday morning, angering Japan's leadership who called it "an extremely dangerous action".
February 8th, 2017: Fukushima Plant Radiation Levels Extremely HighThe radiation levels at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are so high that even robots that get sent in cannot withstand the levels for more than a couple hours before the robots electronics are fried from the raditation.
The nuclear plant was hit by the tsunami back in March 11, 2011 that cut off both the main and backup power for the plant which lead to a meltdown of three of the nuclear reactors.
The levels are currently at 530 sieverts per hour, (A level of 10 or more is deadly to humans) which has been hampering efforts to fix the plant and clean up the spill.
Experts say it may take up to 40 years to deal with the problem at the rate things are currently going.
February 1st, 2017: Iran Put "On Notice" After Missile TestPresident Trump has put Iran "On Notice" after a failed ballistic missile test firing and Iranian backed militants assaulted a Saudi ship.
Trump's warning to Iran has made it clear he will not stand for actions that compromise the stability and security in the middle east.
January 29th, 2017: DHS Says Court Order Will Not Affect Overall PlansThe department of homeland security says the new court order will not affect Donald Trump's immigration ban of six countries.
January 26th, 2017: Doomsday Clock Set 2 And a Half Minutes To MidnightFor the first time in history the bulletin of atomic scientists have set the doomsday clock ahead by 30 seconds to two and a half minutes to midnight.
See the doomsday clock page for info.
January 20th, 2017: Donald Trump Officially Inaugurated Into Office
On October 21st 2016: Widespread Cyber Attacks Take Down Sites World WideTwitter and Netflix are among sites world wide that have been affected by massive international cyber attacks. Initially affecting the East Coast, these attacks have been as far reaching as Europe.
It is unclear where these attacks are coming from at this point but the FBI is investigating the source of these attacks.
On October 10th, 2016: Russia Deploys Nuclear Capable Missiles In KaliningradRussia has deployed nuclear capable missiles in Kaliningrad which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania raising concerns by the US and Nato in light of the recent tensions regarding Syria and the Ukraine.
On October 4th, 2016: Tensions Rise Between Russia And The WestRussias deployment of the new anti-missile defense system into Syria, along with the building of gigantic underground shelters in Moscow and Putins suspension of talks to clean up weapons grade Plutonium shows an increase in tensions between Russia and the West.
Russian officials, as well as their media have claimed the West intends on attacking with a nuclear strike due to the Russian intervention in Syria.