TSMC evacuated cleanroom staff during earthquake aftershocks up to magnitude 6.3 on Tuesday

TSMC manufacturing
(Image credit: TSMC)

Taiwan was rocked by a series of strong earthquakes on Monday and Tuesday. According to the Central News Agency, there were an astonishing “103 earthquakes of magnitude 4 or higher” recorded between 5.08pm Monday and 10.27am today. Despite two quakes measuring magnitude 6.0 and 6.3 early Tuesday, only “a small number of cleanroom staff were immediately evacuated,” from TSMC fabs, reports DigiTimes. These quakes are officially claimed to be aftershocks from the April 3 magnitude 7.2 earthquake which caused significant loss of life and damage to property.

TSMC evacuated the cleanroom staff as a precautionary measure, to ensure their safety, notes the source, and staff have since returned to work. Importantly, from an economic and business standpoint, DigiTimes sources indicate that there is no impact expected on the contract chipmaker. Moreover, it is claimed that all TSMC factory operations and safety systems are functioning normally and all personnel are safe. Perhaps TSMC will release an official update in the coming hours but if there was truly no damage or adverse impacts during the latest series of quakes it may not.

(Image credit: Taiwan Central Weather Administration)

If Taiwan’s tech giants escaped entirely unscathed from the 103 strong quakes through Monday and Tuesday, it will be remarkable. We initially reported that the 7.2 magnitude quake on April 3 cost TSMC approximately $62 million. This early estimate actually undercut what TSMC later said were losses amounting to $92.44 million.

In early April, contributing to TSMC’s reinstatement and repair costs were both factory downtime and repairs to things like broken factory pipelines, beams, and columns, as well as cracked walls and damaged wafers. This time TSMC facilities have got off much more lightly, according to the source.

Across the whole island, and considering other important tech businesses, there may be more damage yet to be reported. We haven’t yet heard any reports or rumors about quake damage at other big tech manufacturers like Foxconn, Micron, UMC, Pegatron, Compal, or Quanta Computer, for example.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • Amdlova
    I'am feeling ground shaking vibes of Amd devices, nvidia and intel cpus in near future.

    Memory and Nand market is at Elon Musk side just sky rocketed...

    Bad times for who want Upgrade somenthing.
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  • artk2219
    Amdlova said:
    I'am feeling ground shaking vibes of Amd devices, nvidia and intel cpus in near future.

    Memory and Nand market is at Elon Musk side just sky rocketed...

    Bad times for who want Upgrade somenthing.
    Thats not the biggest issue here. We can only hope there isn't any significant damage and loss of life from these aftershocks given how many there were in a short period. Hopefully things are alright for the people effected.
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  • Li Ken-un
    Amdlova said:
    Bad times for who want Upgrade somenthing.
    artk2219 said:
    Thats not the biggest issue here.
    You can both be right. ☺
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  • artk2219
    Li Ken-un said:
    You can both be right. ☺
    Lol, I didn't say they were wrong, they're definitely not, its just that the timing is slightly off for that concern.
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  • Geef
    You know there was some guy in accounting thinking of the hundreds of thousands of dollars lost per minute their systems weren't active. :fearscream:
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  • thisisaname
    Does not have to be damage for this to cost them, just the disruption in the production line is going to be quite costly.
    Reply