Dr. Keener said that, because Guam is not particularly low-lying, it probably would be less vulnerable to the effects of rising sea levels than an island such as Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, where the defense contractor Lockheed Martin is building a $915 million radar system for the United States Air Force. But to one Triad family, the North Korean threat hits very close to home. "Definitely, I know Guam is a pretty good target because it's important to the USA because of the military", she said.
"Guam is called the tip of the spear when it comes to the USA military forces, and also our motto - in Guam is where America's day begins, so if anything is going to happen it's going to happen first in Guam", explained Cruz.
In August previous year, the North's Foreign Ministry warned that all US military bases in the Pacific including Guam would "face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack" by the North's military.
"This serves as the first mission for the crews and aircraft recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, in support of US Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence missions", the PACAF said in an August 8 statement.
"Everyone is nervous, but I think it is our families out there stateside that are more nervous for us", Sokala said.
The Philippine Consul General in Guam, Marciano De Borja, wants to reassure the thousands of Filipinos on island that Guam is now not in a state of emergency. "And I don't think they're going to accept the status quo", Gregory Elich of the US-based Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Tuesday.
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The archdiocese also asked Catholics to "pray that the Holy Spirit will instill in the leaders of our country and all nations the virtues of wisdom and understanding to promote peace rather than war".
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, before landing in Guam, said Trump was trying to send a strong message and he doesn't believe there's any imminent threat.
"There's been a lot of rhetoric coming out", Calvo said at a news conference Wednesday.
Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam's Congresswoman, had said in a statement that the most recent threat was "dangerous and it further heightens tensions in our region".
"We are prepared for any eventuality, more so than any other American community", he said. "It's just like setting off fireworks because most of their guided missiles just crash midway through flight", she said.
"I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said. "People are calm. We try to assure them there are defense capabilities in place, and people are putting their faith in them".