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Guam Prepares for Possible North Korean Attack

BANGKOK – Guam’s Office of Civil Defense published on Friday an advisory for its citizens to prepare against a possible missile attack by North Korea.

The 14-page document recommends emergency medical supply, and advises on shelters, or how to seal the house in case of a bio-chemical attack.

“Do not look at the flash or fireball – it can blind you; Take cover behind anything that might offer protection; Take shelter as soon as you can, even if you are many miles from ground zero (...) radioactive fallout can be carried by winds for miles,” are some of the recommendations in the leaflet.

The leaflet, posted on the office’s website and Facebook page, also advises on storing up on canned food, water.

On Thursday, Pyongyang had revealed a plan to fire four medium-range missiles near Guam’s territorial waters mid-August.

The island of Guam is an unincorporated United States territory located in the western Pacific Ocean, around 3,430 kilometers (2,130 miles) southeast of North Korea, has a population of 163,000, where the US maintains around 6,000 troops.

On Wednesday, the governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, had dismissed North Korea’s threats after speaking to the White House and military officials.

“The defenses of the island are always prepared for any contingency, whether natural or man-made,” Calvo had said.

Defense experts estimate that a missile launched by the North Korean regime would take 14-15 minutes to strike Guam, where US military bases occupy a fourth of the island.

Earlier in the week, US president Donald Trump had warned that North Korea would face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it did not stop its threats against the US.

 

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