LOS ANGELES: If the North Korea fires missiles toward Guam, they would take about 14 minutes to reach the island and the alert system there would notify the public, China’s Xinhua news agency reported Guam’s Homeland Security Office as saying on Thursday.
Jenna Gaminde, spokeswomen of the Guam Homeland Security, was quoted by local newspaper Pacific Daily News as saying that residents would be immediately notified by sirens of the 15 All-Hazards Alert Warning System, located in low-lying areas throughout the island.
All-Hazards Alert Warning System, which began installation in 2014, is a system designed for all hazards, including tsunami, earthquake,and flash flood, among others.
“Our office will be notified by the military and will utilise all forms of mass communication to get the message out to the public,” Gaminde said, adding that people should tune into local media – radio, print, television – for further instructions, if they hear the sirens.
Meanwhile, the report said that the military on the island continues to maintain standard operations amid threats and there’s no change in threat level.
According to Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), a non-profit organization dedicated to generate public support for missile defense systems in the United State, Guam is covered by a US missile defense system deployed permanently by the Defense Department at Andersen Air Force Base, which includes the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and the AN/TPY-2 radar system.
The North Korea military said in a statement Thursday that its plan to strike Guam with intermediate missiles will be ready by mid-August and its implementation will depend on a decision by North Korean top leader Kim Jong-Un.
It was a response to US President Donald Trump’s unusually stern warning to the North Korea on Tuesday, when he said “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” – Bernama