Massive earthquake in Taiwan prompts evacuation of major chip and display facilities

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) – Semiconductor and display plants, including world’s largest chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), were evacuated after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan on Wednesday morning. Tech companies in the country were assessing the impact as a powerful earthquake off the coast of Hualien that jolted the country and killed at least nine people, reports Nikkei Asia.

According to reports, TSMC stated, “Preventative measures were initiated according to the procedure and some fabs were evacuated. All personnel are safe, and those evacuated are beginning to return to their workplaces. The company is currently confirming the details of the impact.” TSMC has decided to suspend work at construction sites for today and will resume work following further inspections.

United Microelectronics and display makers Innolux and AUO also evacuated their production facilities due to the earthquake. United Microelectronics mentioned, “Some chip-making machines did stop and now our team is working to restart the production machines as soon as possible.”

In Tainan, where leading chip fabrication facilities are located, the impact seemed milder initially. However, some Japanese firms with operations in Taiwan reported minor damage, including chipmaking equipment manufacturer Tokyo Electron and Ebara. Strong tremors were felt in various parts of Taiwan, prompting Taipei’s metro system to halt operations.

The earthquake was followed by aftershocks, causing concerns and disruptions in the tech industry in Taiwan. The situation is still being assessed as companies work to ensure the safety of their personnel and resume operations as soon as possible.


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