Earthquakes, Floods, Epidemics: Is The Supply Chain Strong Enough?


Actual Breaks: Japan Earthquake And Tsunami, March 2011

The huge March 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan caused massive flooding several miles inland and disrupted the world's semiconductor supply chain for months afterward.

The tsunami damaged facilities that produced DRAM wafers, gasses and color filters used in LCD panels, and cells used to produce mobile PC batteries. Production of certain components such as LCD panels in factories outside the earthquake impact zone also took a hit from power blackouts, which required recalibrating the production lines.