LONDON Ė Wafer fabs belonging to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd and United Microelectronics Corp. were hit by an earthquake on the island of Taiwan but the quake is expected to have little impact on the production of chips for their customers.
UMC put out a statement that an earthquake measuring 6.1 hit central Taiwan at 10:03 am local time but did not affect operations. "All personnel and facilities are fine at UMC sites and equipment is operating normally with no impact to manufacturing," the statement added.
UMC's much larger rival TSMC evacuated one plant in Hsinchu and another in Taichung in central Taiwan, according to a Bloomberg report. The evacuation procedures are implemented automatically for quakes above a certain intensity. The report added that staff returned to work soon after and operations are not expected to be affected.
Bloomberg reported that there was one known fatality and 19 injuries as a result of the quake and that six high speed trains were halted.