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SMALLER TOWNS REELING AFTER QUAKE
4 KILLED, OTHERS MAY BE BURIED IN RUBBLE IN DEVASTATED SANTA CRUZ

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4 KILLED, OTHERS MAY BE BURIED IN RUBBLE IN DEVASTATED SANTA CRUZ

Two mannequins wearing the latest fashions stood undamaged in the window of Ford's Department Store. Around them, the rubble of caved-in roofs, crumbled walls and shattered windows littered the sidewalks.

Tuesday's earthquake caused only four known deaths here, but the damage was among the worst. Initial estimates were $350 million, and Mayor Mardi Wormhoudt said 30 percent of the downtown mall - the city's heart - was severely damaged.With one of the nation's biggest and best-known metropolitan areas ravaged by a major earthquake, most of the attention has been focused on San Francisco, but some smaller towns suffered at least as much.

Electricity and gas service were cut off throughout Santa Cruz County, and residents were warned to boil drinking water.

Fires, many caused by leaking natural gas and downed power lines, destroyed 60 homes in Santa Cruz County and triggered several grass and brush blazes. A county official said 75 percent of the mobile homes surveyed were knocked off their supports.

Two of those killed in the seaside community were crushed in the collapse of a number of stores at the historic Pacific Garden Mall in downtown. Officials said they feared additional victims were buried under the massive piles of brick and glass.

Hundreds were injured, including 26 who were hospitalized.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service said Thursday it would send 15 dogs, used to find victims of the Mexico City earthquake, to search the Pacific Garden Mall for people in the debris.

Police arrested at least five people Wednesday night after friends of a woman missing in the rubble marched to protest the decision to stop the search. Several yelled `Don't leave her there!' as they gathered by the destroyed Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co., where the woman, an employee of the shop, is buried.

An estimated 20 downtown commercial buildings must be razed - "the heart of the community and its vitality," said county official Gary Patton.