Chipmakers report minimal disruptions from Taiwan earthquake

Chipmakers report minimal disruptions from Taiwan earthquake

Taiwan’s vital tech manufacturing industry so far appears to have escaped major damage following the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan on Wednesday morning, triggering landslides and downing buildings.

The earthquake was centered near the coastal town of Hualien, which is about 100 miles from the capital city of Taipei. It was the strongest earthquake to hit Taiwan in 25 years and has resulted in 10 deaths so far. Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration agency said the quake could be felt across the entire island, and there have been hundreds of aftershocks, several registering a magnitude of more than 6.0, following the initial quake. CNN reports that aftershocks as strong as magnitude 7 are expected in the coming days.

However, despite some severe rocking (as captured on numerous webcams) in Taipei, Taiwan’s vital tech industry appears to be relatively unscathed. CNBC reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) halted production and evacuated employees from the factory lines after the quake initially hit, but TSMC said later that all of its workers were safe and those who were evacuated have started returning to some factory lines.


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