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In the wake of Japan’s recent 7.5 magnitude earthquake on New Year’s Day, ABC10 caught up with Dr. Kit Miyamoto, who happened to be in the country during the seismic event. He stressed the crucial lessons California can glean from Japan’s exemplary earthquake preparedness. He highlighted Japan’s efficient warning systems, widespread individual preparedness with a two-week supply of essentials, and automatic gas shutoff—a critical feature absent in California. Miyamoto emphasized the need for the state to fortify its earthquake readiness, particularly in terms of warning systems, education, and measures to mitigate post-earthquake fires.

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