Quake: No major impact, says Taiwan semiconductor center

June 14, 2001 – Taipei, Taiwan – The administration of Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park, which accommodates Taiwan’s major semiconductor companies such as TSMC, UMC, Winbond Electronics Co, Mosel Vitelic, and Macronix International Ltd., said the earthquake that occurred on June 13 did not have any major impact on manufacturing lines’ operations.

“We have not received any reports of damage or casualties, power supply remains normal and no companies in the park have reported any impact of the tremor on their operations,” said an official from the administration.

“I did not feel any major shake last night. Chip companies have prepared for a minor quake,” he said.

TSMC said the earthquake that hit the island did not affect it. “There was no impact on us at all,” a TSMC official said.

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit Taiwan at 9:17pm on June 13, with its epicenter 63 kilometers south-east of Suao, a coastal township in the northeastern Ilan county.

The quake measured 2.0 in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, a seismology official said.


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