Significant quakes felt in Malibu in recent years:
| Date || Name || Mag|
| 2-21-1973|| Point Mugu|| 5.9|
| 1-1-1979|| Malibu|| 5.2|
| 10-1-1987|| Whittier Narrows|| 5.9|
| 1-19-1989|| Malibu|| 5.0|
| 1-17-1994|| Northridge|| 6.7||
March 10, 1933 ERB and dinner guests are sitting in his La Costa Malibu residence study waiting for dinner when a major earthquake strikes just before 6 pm. (The serious Long Beach Earthquake).Severe shaking and a ceiling that appears to move in circles send them out to Roosevelt highway. The cook/server is most upset at the meal being ruined, having his table setting messed up and having to turn off the gas. Despite continual aftershocks they manage to have dinner at 10 pm. He counts at least 35 aftershocks over the next few days. Ed found the first shock to be rather thrilling but he finds the long string of aftershocks to be very hard to adjust to
The 1979 Malibu earthquake caused only minor damage in the areas closest to the epicenter, though it felt as far away as Kings County, Kern County, and San Diego County. Perhaps the most unique feature of this earthquake was its timing -- the earthquake occurred while that year's Rose Bowl college football game (USC vs. Michigan) was going on in Pasadena, and some of the fans in the stadium were alarmed by the shaking, but the game continued (USC won, 17-10).
During the 1989 Malibu earthquake, several people were injured, shelved items fell in local stores, and some windows were broken in the shaking. Hardest hit was the coastal region encompassing Malibu, Santa Monica, and Redondo Beach, though damage was low even in that area. Slight damage was also reported in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Monterey Park, and Lancaster.
The 1994 Northridge earthquake was not centered near Malibu, but the strong quake was felt throughout Malibu and some damage occured to homes and commercial buildings.