Taiwan remains calm despite 500 aftershocks in two days… It will likely take several weeks for TSMC to return to normal operation (Taiwan Earthquake Report) – Maeil Business Newspaper VRESP

(Kim Jin-ho, honorary reporter for Maeil Business Newspaper, Taiwan Hualien on-site news agency)

Tianwangxing building tilted 60 degrees, etc.

Demolition work is in full swing on the building that collapsed due to the earthquake on the 3rd.

Restaurant operating normally… Residents’ peaceful and calm daily life

Maekyung Honorary Reporter Kim Jin-ho, professor at Dankook University, is explaining the restoration situation in front of the Tianwangxing Building, which is tilted at 60 degrees, while reporting on-site in Hualien County on the 4th.

On the afternoon of the 4th (local time), I visited Hualien, Taiwan, which was devastated by the first earthquake in 25 years. The railroad was restored and operational a day after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck on the morning of the 3rd. This means that there is no significant damage so that the train can run, and there is no problem with the power supply. However, the way there was slower than usual, so it took about 20 minutes longer, and the return train was delayed and stopped running twice, so it wasn’t completely normal.

Hualien is on the eastern coast of Taiwan. Starting from Taipei, the capital, it took about two and a half hours, so in Korean terms, it meant going from Seoul to Gangneung to Taebaek on the east coast. Transportation routes to Hualien include road, rail, and air, but most of the roads are located on mountain slopes and have many restricted areas. In fact, while riding the train, we could see traces of soil collapsing and blocking the road here and there.

We took a rented car and visited the accident site, which features a red brick building that was featured in media around the world. The first floor of the Tianwangxing Building collapsed just one minute after the earthquake, causing the entire nine-story building to tilt 60 degrees. All people living here have been evacuated, and Taiwanese authorities plan to demolish the building on the 5th. In addition, demolition work was in full swing on damaged buildings, including houses on nearby Beibin Street, the Tongshuanyi building near Hualien Hospital, and the Shanhai Pass in Ji’an Township.

The civil servants and the debris removal team in charge at the scene were all friendly, and restaurants in nearby villages were operating as usual. Mr. Lin Yizhen, who lives in this neighborhood, sighed in relief, saying, “The government’s disaster prevention policy led to thorough preliminary investigation and management of the seismic stability of buildings, and thanks to citizens familiarizing themselves with the evacuation manual in advance, there was little damage.” I rested. Neighbor Joo-ya Jang also said, “It was my first time experiencing such a large shaking, but the damage was minimal compared to the great earthquake 25 years ago, and the atmosphere is relatively peaceful now.” However, some restaurant owners and taxi drivers were in tears, saying, “Due to the earthquake right before the Qingming Festival holiday on the 5th, our peak season income has been cut off.”

It is similar in scale to the September 21 earthquake 25 years ago.

Casualties: 2,400 vs. 12, polar opposites

The red location mark is Jijiji, Nantou County, where the 921 earthquake hit 25 years ago. The blue dot on the right is Hualien City, where the earthquake occurred on the 3rd.

This earthquake is quite different from the September 21, 1999 (921 earthquake) that the reporter personally experienced. Although the magnitude was similar, the number of deaths from this earthquake was low at 12, which is representative. 25 years ago, an earthquake occurred in Jiji, Nantou County, in the center of Taiwan, which can be called ‘Taiwan’s navel’, killing more than 2,400 people and injuring more than 10,000. More than 100,000 houses were completely collapsed or partially destroyed.

At the time, people were extremely confused, and the entire society was in chaos due to security instability. Ambulances came and went frequently, and temporary housing (camps) were built here and there.

Taiwan has experienced several earthquakes, but this one caused little damage compared to its intensity. What is especially impressive is the civic consciousness that seems to have developed further. Taiwan’s national defense force and the administrative power of police and government officials stationed within the city also played a role, but the residents’ sense of safety and voluntary support were surprising. It has been confirmed that the government’s disaster prevention capabilities have also scientifically evolved, and that sufficient information is being distributed to citizens through free media, leading to increased democratization of politics and increased administrative efficiency.

However, since the strong earthquake on the 3rd, more than 500 aftershocks have continued, and the authorities believe that these aftershocks may continue for up to 2 to 3 more days. Areas with poor residential environments or mountainous areas and roads that are not well-maintained safe areas are still dangerous. It appears that it will take quite some time to rescue people stranded in various places, so concerns remain about additional casualties.

According to Taiwan’s Central Meteorological Office (Meteorological Administration), there were 500 aftershocks centered in Hualien County near the epicenter as of 10:10 a.m. on the 5th. Among these, there were 119 aftershocks where vibrations could be clearly felt.

Previously, Taiwan’s Central Disaster Response Center also announced that there were a total of 400 aftershocks as of 8 p.m. the previous day, and that most of them were 4 to 5 in magnitude, but there were also strong aftershocks with magnitudes of 5 to 6 (16) or 6 to 7 (2). .

TSMC factory dust-proofing equipment is ‘world’s best’

Due to the high-tech process, damage is inevitable even if it stops for a moment.

TSMC plant located in Taiwan Science Park, southern Tainan, Taiwan. TSMC produces 90% of its products in Taiwan, operating plants in Hsinchu in the north, Taichung in the center, and Tainan in the south. In Kaohsiung, a semiconductor factory using cutting-edge processes is being built. (Reuters)

The world’s attention is focused on Taiwanese semiconductor companies such as TSMC. The Taiwanese government, which is strategically going all-in on the semiconductor industry, has created the world’s best anti-vibration equipment and earthquake preparedness manual in preparation for the September 21 earthquake 25 years ago and repeated earthquakes since then. This is why not only the government but also the industry assures that “the damage will not be significant.”

However, there has already been a disruption period of half a day to a day, and considering the time required to restore delicate and complex high-tech equipment, it is expected that the production and supply of Taiwanese semiconductors will be affected to some extent. In the long run, competing companies such as Samsung Electronics will benefit, and it would be reasonable to believe that semiconductor prices are likely to fluctuate for the time being.

Former TSMC engineer Lin Bon-Jian (林本堅) said that TSMC has not only studied related FAB facilities such as water and power, but has also done a lot of research on earthquakes. He said that founder Morris Chang was also worried about the earthquake, but relatively cheap high-quality professional manpower, government support, and direct industrialization of related industries were the main reasons for TSMC to settle in Taiwan.

The Taiwan earthquake and the semiconductor industry are related to the global supply chain and the strategies of related industries and companies. Taiwan also reacts sensitively to the economy and stock prices, so no one makes accurate predictions or analyzes using real names and relies on TSMC itself and official reports. .

According to a semiconductor expert who spoke anonymously to Taiwan’s Yonhap Newspaper, the area most at risk of earthquakes is the ‘yellow line area’ within the wafer factory. It is said that the entire yellow line area within the TSMC wafer factory was likely affected by this strong earthquake, and the furnace tubes and equipment within the facility were also likely to have been shocked.

The wafers on the production line at the time of the earthquake were also affected, so they all had to be discarded and reworked, and since the extreme ultraviolet rays (EUV) used in cutting-edge processes are precisely designed, the production line had to be stopped for maintenance.

Earthquakes can affect not only production line recovery but also overall production and output of wafer factories. In the industry, judging from statements made by several factories on the 3rd, it will take about 4 to 5 days for each factory to determine the impact of the wafer foundry, and each major factory will also urgently dispatch additional engineers to restore the production line. According to industry monthly sales estimates, Taiwan’s seven major wafer factories lost more than NT$10 billion (about KRW 420 billion) in wafer value from their production lines after yesterday’s strong earthquake.

On the 3rd, the Tianwangxing Building decorated the world’s media as a symbol of Taiwan’s earthquake. Because it is tilted at 60 degrees and is at risk of collapse, it will be completely demolished on the 5th.
One day after the earthquake, buildings at risk of collapse were being demolished one after another. It is evaluated that the administrative power and advanced civic consciousness of the Taiwanese government stand out during this earthquake.
Despite the strong earthquake the previous day, most restaurants were operating normally, and citizens seemed calm. Reporters from all over the world competed to cover the story, but both on-site officials and citizens welcomed the event warmly.

Source link

About bryan michael

I am a news writer, editor and journalist with more than 13 years of experience. I have an MA in Journalism and have published work in various publications around the world. With me, you don't have to worry about copyright and defamation issues or being punished by search engines. You get original work that complies with media laws. Communication: I really prioritize good communication with clients, from their expectations to the initial plan and vision of the project in particular. Tell me what you want - even down to the level of 'how' you want it written. Nonetheless, I must note that self-expression is very important to me and I hope to reach a solution together with the client but not at the expense of the quality of the finished product.

Check Also

Foolish American College Students (Correspondent’s Column) – The Hankyoreh VRESP TODAY

Stupid American College Students (Correspondent’s Column)Hankyoreh “It’s not a blank bullet!” The female student screamed …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *