Meet the Kiwi living in Guam under the looming nuclear threat

Living under the threat of a nuclear attack isn't enough to stop one man's laid-back Kiwi attitude from shining through.

North Korea has responded to US President Trump's threats of "fire and fury" by saying it's planning to fire four ballistic missiles at the island.

North Korea's plan is to launch four Hwasong-12 missiles that would pass over southern Japan, fly 3356 kilometres and land 30 to 40 kilometres from Guam.

A missile from North Korea would take just fifteen minutes to hit Guam.
A missile from North Korea would take just fifteen minutes to hit Guam. Photo credit: Newshub.

Some residents are terrified, according to reports  but New Zealander Graham Ridley, who has lived there since 2003, told Three's The Project it's simply "business as usual".

"There's no crisis or anything like that amongst everybody living here."

Locals have calculated the missiles would take 15 minutes to reach them. But Mr Ridley says near misses are nothing new.

"The community here's used to things like typhoons and storms coming and things that you've got no control over. So you track these things and sometimes they miss, go below the island and everyone breathes a sigh of relief."

He says officials have warned them to "take shelter where they are" in the case of an emergency.

But for Mr Ridley, Guam is still his slice of paradise.

"There's a lot of Kiwis when we come home every year who say, what's it like? I usually describe it as Hawaii ten years ago."