Magnitude 4.2 earthquake shakes Malibu area, followed by several aftershocks

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A preliminary 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Malibu on Wednesday morning, followed by several aftershocks.

According to the US Geological Survey, the first earthquake struck at 2 am about 10 miles south of Malibu Beach and 15 miles southwest of Santa Monica. Its depth has been reported to be around 9.2 miles according to the USGS.

Just seconds after the first quake, a second earthquake was reported – a preliminary magnitude 3.5 earthquake, also 10 miles south of Malibu Beach. The depth of the second quake was reported to be around 8 miles, according to the USGS.

Approximately 22 minutes after the initial earthquake, a magnitude 2.8 aftershock was reported at the same location by the USGS. The depth of the second tremor was just over six miles.

Several aftershocks were reported following an initial 4.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Malibu Beach, California on the morning of Wednesday, January 25, 2023. / FOX Weather (FOX weather)

At 2:38 am, a third aftershock of magnitude 2.6 hit the same area, according to the USGS.

Despite reaching the sea, the National Weather Service said there was no threat of a tsunami.

“The LAFD is now in earthquake mode. All 106 neighborhood fire stations will conduct a strategic survey of their districts, examining all major areas of concern (transport infrastructure, large gathering places, apartment buildings, power lines , etc.). will be conducted from the ground, air and sea. Once this process is complete and the reports are consolidated, assuming there is no significant damage, the Earthquake mode will complete. This process usually takes less than an hour” , Nicholas Prange, Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement at around 2:30 am on Wednesday.

Shortly before 9 am, the department announced that the survey was complete.


There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. While there are many variables involved, geologists say that damage usually doesn’t occur until the earthquake’s magnitude reaches something above 4 or 5.

Malibu city officials said drivers should proceed with extreme caution on Malibu Canyon Road, Kanan Dume Road and other canyons, as loose rock from recent storms could continue to fall.

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The USGS provides earthquake information by state and preparedness information, including helpful information for those in California.

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The series of tremors was felt from the west side of Los Angeles to the San Gabriel Valley.

Wednesday morning’s quake comes on the five-year anniversary of a magnitude 4.0 earthquake that struck at the same time — just after 2 a.m. — near Trabuco Canyon on Jan. 25, 2018.

The USGS is asking anyone who felt the earthquakes to submit a brief report. You can click here for more information.

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