TSMC evacuates factories after Taiwan quake

Following a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck Taiwan on Wednesday morning, the chipmaker evacuated workers at two factories in Hsinchu and Taichung, but maintained operations would not be affected.

TSMC says its operations remain unaffected.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has evacuated employees at two of its factories after an earthquake hit Central Taiwan on Wednesday morning.

The 6.1 magnitude tremor hit the central region of Nantou county at 10.03a.m. local time today, and was followed by five aftershocks, according to Taiwan's Central Weather bureau which was cited in a Bloomberg report.

The report noted that workers at TSMC were evacuated at two sites after its emergency response was triggered. Michael Kramer, a spokesperson from the chip manufacturer, told the newswire one of the plants is located in Hsinchu where the company is based, while the other is in Taichung, central Taiwan.

Workers returned to work soon after and operations are not expected to be affected, Kramer said. 

Three other companies with operations in Taiwan--chipmaker United Microelectronics, flat-panel maker Innolux, and liquid crystal display manufacturer AU Optronics--said in separate statements to Bloomberg that they expected no impact from the quake.




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