Yamagata Earthquake: Impact to Electronics Industry

By: SiliconExpert on June 21st, 2019

On June 18, 2019 at 10:22 p.m. an earthquake measuring 6.4 Mw struck the coast of Yamagata and the surrounding areas in Japan.

The earthquake originated at the convergent boundary of the Amur Plate and the Okhotsk Plate that lies under the Sea of Japan, just west of central northern Honshu and Hokkaido. The crust in this area is subject to pressure from the Okhotsk Plate pushing the Amur Plate from the east to the west. As a result of this strain, the terrain is deformed and creating north to south rifts.

This earthquake hit several prefectures such as YamagataNiigata and Akita at different intensity levels.

Damage and effects

26 people were reported to be injured, mostly by fallen debris.Sections of the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway and Yamagata Expressway were closed by the East Nippon Expressway Company.National Route 345 was blocked by fallen debris in Murakami also, some bullet trains servicing areas near the quake were halted.

Impacts on Electronic Industry:

There is no impact on the electronic industry according to the published information from the impacted manufacturers.  As of today, here are updates from those companies within the impacted area:

Renesas Electronics: Confirmed no casualties or physical damages at the Renesas group offices and affiliate companies located nearby the epicenter. As of June 19 JST, Renesas has so far received no reports on the damage on Renesas’ overall supply chain including suppliers and partner companies from this earthquake.

Taiyo YudenThere was no damage to employees, buildings, and manufacturing equipment of TAIYO YUDEN Group.

SE will continue to monitor changes, announcements and update this document relating to the earthquake.

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