Far to the east of the Korean Peninsula is Hawaii: Population 1.5M. To the northeast of that Hawaiian state is the chain of Alaskan islands known as the Aleutians that lead upward nearly all the way to Anchorage: Population 742K. South, southeast from there is Los Angeles, California: Population 4M.
These locations have been tossed around as possible strike zones for a nuclear missile from North Korea. Additionally, there was Austin, Texas: Population 948K, Washington DC: Population 681K and New York City: Population 8.54M.
One place, however, is treating the North Korean threat with a bit more certainty and seriousness than the others. The island territory of Guam, one of a handful of US territories, boasts a population of a mere 170K. But it’s those 170K that are the most worried about the possibility of a nuclear strike. Far to the south of Japan, Guam also hosts both Anderson Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam, making it an important military target!
No one really knows how close or how far we are from a possible nuclear conflict with North Korea. But officials in Guam, the tiny island territory that Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack, aren’t keeping citizens in the dark.
Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense released a two-page fact sheet on social media and its website. The fact sheet tells people how to prepare for an attack, and what to do if, heaven forbid, an attack actually occurred.
The advice is specific and unsettling:
“Make a list of potential concrete shelters near your home, workplace or school.”
“Do not look at the flash or fireball — It can blind you.”
“Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit.”
“When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water…do not scrub or scratch the skin.”
“Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to you hair.”
The warning time for a strike on Guam would be anywhere between 12-18 minutes; clearly not enough time to do anything except what is being suggested above from the pamphlets that were being given out by Guam officials.
A strike on any of the above targets would be a grave mistake for the rogue nation, however, as the counter-initiative would be swift, accurate and highly lethal. For one, the North Korean air force and ship capabilities would be rendered inoperable within days as US airstrikes on those targets would be almost relentless. Battleships off the peninsula would be pounding both ground troops and transports. Additionally, airstrikes would also take out important power stations, water supplies, roads, highways, bridges, airports and other infrastructure important to a moving army. South Korean forces would assist with the massive influx of refugees from the north, and Japanese and Australian units would be patrolling the waters for both patrol vessels and submarines. Whatever the target, North Korea would lose so much more.