Southern California IS prone to earthquakes but Malibu may be one of the safer areas within Southern California. Scientists predict that someday the so-called "big one" will occur in the Southland: a predicted 8.3 earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault. However, Malibu will sustain minimal damage from the shaking according to a 128-page report from the State Dept of Conservation ("Earthquake Planning Scenario for a Magnitude 8.3 Earthquake on the San Andreas Fault in Southern California"). That report is full of maps that show the anticipated impact and damage from the quake across the entire region. Malibu has the lowest possible rating for the intensity of shaking that will be felt, a rating that signifies "no significant damage." One more reason to make Malibu your home!