Damaged building in Doherty, presumably remnants of the 1988 earthquake.

The San Andreas Earthquake is an event mentioned in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. At least two significant earthquakes have occurred, in 1988 and 1992.


Like much of the state of California which it is based on, San Andreas suffered occasional earthquakes, the most recent of which took place in 1992, shortly before the beginning of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The earthquake is mentioned several times in the news on 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.

Four years earlier, in 1988, a much more powerful earthquake struck San Andreas. The earthquake devastated the Doherty area in San Fierro. Several blocks were leveled and buildings were destroyed, with a large section of an overhead roadway in neighboring Easter Basin collapsing. By 1992, most of the rebuilding has been completed, though a derelict patch of land in Doherty remains, and a small section of the damaged roadway in Easter Basin remains.[1]


  1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - City Guides (PC manual) p.34