Like much of the state of California which it is based on, San Andreas suffered occasional earthquakes. One of these earthquakes took place a short time before the events of the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The earthquake is mentioned in the news on several radio stations. It is the cause of the closures of the inter-county bridges at the start of the game, which prevents the player from leaving Los Santos at the start of the game. No earthquakes ever occur during gameplay. This can be changed, however, with a mod by 'Rodent' on GTA Garage that allows players to create earthquakes in-game without having to close it first. It is activated in the same way that many cheats are. This mod can be downloaded here.
In 1988, an earthquake devastated the Doherty area in San Fierro. Several blocks were leveled and buildings were destroyed. A large section of an overhead roadway is collapsed just east of San Fierro. Also, the large empty construction lot behind the Xoomer Gas Station in Doherty once contained a large building which was semi-destroyed by the earthquake. Much of the building, including its facade and some of its floors, are still standing. During the events of GTA San Andreas, this building is in the process of getting demolished. Most of the area had been reconstructed but some damaged structures still remain.
- ↑ Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - City Guides (PC manual) p.34