Taiwan earthquake causes severe damage to iPhone and AI chip factories

Taiwan’s 7.2 Magnitude Quake: Devastation in High-Tech Industries and Life Losses in Hualien

On Wednesday morning, a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck waters near Taiwan, causing widespread devastation and loss of life. The quake, with its epicenter off the coast of Hualien, was the largest earthquake to hit the island in nearly two decades. As the day progressed, reports of casualties and injuries continued to come in, with nine people confirmed dead and hundreds injured by late afternoon.

The impact of the earthquake was felt throughout Taiwan’s high-tech industries. Taiwanese technology companies quickly assessed the damage and took action to protect their operations. For example, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) evacuated some of its factories as a precautionary measure and reported damage to some wafers and machinery at its Hsinchu factories. Other companies such as United Microelectronics and display manufacturers Innolux and AUO also evacuated plants and worked to restart production machinery as soon as possible.

In regions like Tainan, home to advanced semiconductor factories, the impact of the earthquake appeared milder initially. However, companies like Tokyo Electron and Ebara reported minor damage to some facilities. Despite these challenges faced by Taiwanese companies in the aftermath of the earthquake, most expect the effects to be short-term and are working hard to resume operations as quickly as possible.

The earthquake caused significant disruptions in Hualien city itself, with buildings severely tilted, train tracks broken, and roads leading into the city having cracks that prompted local government authorities to suspend work and school for the day. The recovery efforts are already underway in Hualien as well as other affected areas on

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