Malibu's 2018 Earthquake Resiliency Initiative

The goal of Malibu's Earthquake Resiliency Initiative is to increase the community’s resiliency, or ability to respond and recover, to a large earthquake, which will lead to reduced casualties and damage, and a shorter recovery period.

The City of Malibu’s Earthquake Resiliency Initiative will include creating an inventory of soft-story buildings and identifying incentives for property owners to improve the seismic safety of these as well as other vulnerable structures. Soft-story buildings have first stories that are less rigid than the stories above and are particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage because of large, unreinforced openings on their ground floors. These openings often accommodate parking spaces, large windows and expansive lobbies in residential and retail buildings. In the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the bottom floor of the Northridge Meadows apartment complex – which was a soft-story building – collapsed, killing 16 residents on the first floor.

Throughout the year, the City will also conduct public education, work to reduce non-structural earthquake hazards, update emergency plans, conduct Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, and identify vulnerabilities in critical City functions and develop continuity of government strategies.

Preparedness Guides and Resources

  1. General
  2. Pets
  3. Business Owners
  4. Disabled and Senior Citizens


The City's Public Safety Town Hall Meeting on January 24, 2018 provided information on the earthquake threat specific to Malibu and how to be prepared for a major earthquake. View the full presentation by Public Safety Manager Susan Dueñas and City Geologist Chris Dean in the video below or download and read a PDF version.


Dr. Lucy Jones, one of the world’s foremost experts on earthquakes, gave a presentation on earthquake risk and preparedness specific to Malibu to help kick off the City’s year-long Earthquake Resiliency Initiative during the Malibu City Council meeting on January 10, 2018.