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Production at Hsinchu Science Park unaffected by quakes

AUO Suspends Plant for Post-quake Inspection

By contrast, leading display panel maker AUO yesterday morning suspended all the production lines of its Longtan plant to facilitate thorough inspections of its production equipment. The plant is expected to resume operations after the check is completed. The short-term suspension is not expected to have any major impact on AUO's business operations, company sources said.

Another major display panel maker, Chimei Innolux Corp., said its plant in Hsinchu County's Jhunan Township was little affected by the Wednesday quakes. The plant launched a protection mechanism to suspend operation of some sensitive facilities immediately after the quakes occurred, and the facilities soon resumed operation without undermining production capacity.

In related news, the Central Weather Bureau said more small-scale earthquakes might jolt Taiwan in the coming few days after six temblors with magnitudes of between 3.6 and 4.9 struck northern and eastern parts of the country over the past couple of days.

In addition, the bureau said that all of the most recent temblors had shallow epicenters, which meant they had a higher-than-usual intensity and were felt strongly by local residents.

The bureau's Seismology Center, however, described all of the quakes as being normal releases of tectonic energy and stressed that there is no need for panic.

At around noon Thursday, two earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.1 and 3.6 shook Eastern Taiwan's Hualien County, the center said.

Taiwan is an earthquake-prone area. More than 30 earthquakes have rocked Taiwan so far this month, the strongest of which measured 6.5 and was centered under the seabed off Eastern Taiwan on June 10. None of the quakes have caused casualties or major damage.

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