Strong quake hits Taiwan, chip plants evacuated


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Its flagship firm Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company — the world’s largest contract chipmaker — said following the quake that it had moved some staff out of its production centres. The company, a major supplier of chips to Apple and Nvidia, is still assessing the impact. All of its staff are safe, a spokeswoman said. “To ensure the safety of personnel, some fabs were evacuated according to company procedure. We are currently confirming the details of the impact,” the company said. United Microelectronics said it evacuated some facilities in Hsinchu and Tainan, cities on the western side of Taiwan. The company...