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Refinery Fire and Falling Debris Hit Mexico After 7.4 Quake

  • At least six people died near epicenter in Oaxaca state
  • Hospitals evacuated but Covid-19 patients left in their beds
Medical staff and patients gather outside a hospital during an earthquake in Mexico City on June 23.
Medical staff and patients gather outside a hospital during an earthquake in Mexico City on June 23.Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg
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A 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Mexico on Tuesday killed at least six people, left others trapped under rubble and caused a fire at the nation’s biggest oil refinery.

The epicenter was near the beach resort of Huatulco in Oaxaca state on the Pacific coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.