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GREENSBURG, Kan. – The crows awoke on Sunday to an all-but-lifeless landscape in this farming town on the rolling plains, cawing from denuded trees into the silent rubble below. There was nobody but some emergency workers to hear them. There were no leaves on the trees to hide them. And as far as the eye could see, there were no buildings except the grain elevator to muffle their cries. Friday night’s monster tornado, more than a mile wide, was so efficient it appears that a giant hammer smashed Greensburg, population formerly 1,500. For about 80 square blocks, old brick buildings and new frame ones were flattened into piles of masonry and timbers. Attics tipped to the street. Upstairs bathrooms were open to the sky. Roofs were flush with the ground. Cars perched precariously on heaps of debris. The town on Sunday was a vast field of destruction. Every structure that had not been crushed had been opened to the street. Collapsed buildings immodestly displayed their girders. Where window frames remained, virtually every pane had been shattered. Survivors who gathered outside Greensburg said they had plenty of warning to flee to basements. Sirens sounded for about 20 minutes Friday night. Basements in many cases were smothered in rubble. Survivors told tales of clawing their way up into the night after the tornado had passed, only to find no house and no town. Even emergency officials expressed shock at the extent of the devastation, though many of them are veterans of other disasters. “Normally, it will take out one area,” said Dick Hainje, regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “In this case, it’s very nearly total destruction. It’s catastrophic.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Churches and gas stations could only vaguely be discerned. The roof and much of the rest of the high school were gone. A paint store displayed its wares to the heavens, and the groceries at the supermarket were illuminated by a jagged tear in the roof. In a muddy field, a mortuary’s open coffins lay tossed about, and big trucks lay upside down like giant beetles. Old war photographs came to mind. Trees, festooned with insulation, were reduced to ugly brownish trunks, a shock against the delicate spring green of the surrounding fields. “You can see, in the distance, there’s nothing,” said Ronald Knoefel, a Kansas highway patrolman. “Look around. Where do you start? Tell us which pile to look under.” The death toll stood at eight, and on Sunday cadaver dogs continued to search the ruins. Many people were injured. Police, fearful of looters, shooed away the few residents who sneaked back in. Four soldiers from Fort Riley Army base and a reserve police officer were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of looting cigarettes and alcohol from a store, The Associated Press reported. On Saturday, several other tornados, not as deadly, struck southwestern Kansas. On Sunday the Greensburg ruins were periodically drenched with rain.