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Phoenix Trade Office Damaged By Mexico City Earthquake

James Ahlers, Mexico trade representative with city of Phoenix subcontractor Molera Alvarez
(Photo courtesy of Molera Alvarez)
James Ahlers, Mexico trade representative with city of Phoenix subcontractor Molera Alvarez

Officials expect a temporary disruption in business at Phoenix’s trade office in Mexico City following Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

Business did not suffer after a stronger, 8.2 magnitude, earthquake struck off the coast almost two weeks ago, said James Ahlers, Mexico trade representative with city of Phoenix subcontractor Molera Alvarez.

But the most recent temblor damaged the interior of Phoenix’s third-floor trade office located in the San Angel neighborhood in the southwestern part of Mexico City, Ahlers said.

“What we know of, is that there is basically cosmetic damage,” Ahlers said. “But of course, we’re still gathering information to see whether there is any further damage to the structure that would cause the office to close for a time.”

Closing the physical office would cut off workspace and services for Phoenix companies working in Mexico City, Ahlers said. Earthquake damage could also delay efforts to help Mexican businesses launch operations in the Valley.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.