North Korea threat worries San Diego Guamanians

Posted at 7:26 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 22:32:36-04

(KGTV) - Former 10News Anchor and Meteorologist Robert Santos went to Guam to visit his family and was thrust on the international stage, reporting around the clock for CNN as a freelance journalist.  

"Some contacts in the states knew I was here when this happened and informed CNN, then I got the call. The first day was 16 hours straight, it's been around the clock coverage for International and Domestic CNN," said Santos, a seasoned reporter for more than two decades.

"What a time to be here!" Santos added.

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Santos flew to Guam to celebrate his father's 88th birthday. He has been balancing his time between informing the world of what is happening on Guam in light of the threats from North Korea and spending time with family.

Travel to Guam is being discouraged right now but Santos says he hasn't seen a decline in tourism at this point.

"Guam is a tropical paradise. It's like Hawaii to Asia. We get millions of visitors a year, this is a destination spot. People are still coming here, if it is dropping, I certainly do not see it," Santos said. "I spoke to the Tourism Director here and was told there is no impact right now."

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Santos says most people are relying on their Catholic faith and reassurance from the two U.S. military bases with more than 5,000 U.S. troops.

"Guamanians have been through a lot we have been through natural diasters where I have witnessed more preparedness. Right now it is business as usual," Santos said.