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Intel's test and assembly plant in Chengdu remained offline on Tuesday, as the region in southwestern China reeled from the effects of a devastating earthquake that struck on Monday afternoon.

Chinese officials put the death toll from the quake at nearly 10,000 on Tuesday morning, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake -- which shook buildings in far-off Beijing and Bangkok -- had a magnitude of 7.5, while China's State Seismological Center measured a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale.

As initial reports of damage and casualties emerged from areas hit by the quake, Chinese soldiers and rescue workers were being rushed to the region to search for survivors trapped under rubble and deliver relief supplies, Xinhua said.

The epicenter of the quake was close to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and one of the most important economic centers in southwestern China. Power and water supplies around the city were cut off by the quake. A lack of power and transmission problems rendered 2,300 base stations inoperable, taking down the city's mobile telephone network.

As buildings shook in Chengdu, people poured into the streets. Workers at plants operated by Intel and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), the country's largest chip maker, were evacuated and production came to a halt after the quake on Monday.

Intel employs around 1,600 workers at a test and assembly plant outside Chengdu, where the company assembles chipsets and microprocessors. None of the workers at Intel's plant were injured by the quake.

"The assembly test facility is running under backup power as local power and water have been disconnected pending a full seismic assessment. As a result employees have been sent home until Wednesday," said Nick Jacobs, an Intel spokesman in Singapore.

Intel hopes to resume production once the assessment of the earthquake's impact is completed, but the situation "remains dynamic," Jacobs said.

To what extent the quake and plant shutdown will affect the availability of Intel products remains to be seen. "It is too early to say. However, bear in mind Intel has a number of assembly test facilities at other locations including Malaysia, the Philippines, Shanghai, and Costa Rica," he said.

Other companies, including Monolithic Power Systems, also kept their Chengdu manufacturing plants closed on Tuesday, pending a full assessment of the quake's impact. "The facility will be closed temporarily to check power, equipment and facilities, and to provide employees time with their families," the chip maker said, reporting that all of its employees were safe and accounted for.
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Possible spike in processor prices? I doubt it.
    
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Later reports that the military might parachute troops into hard to reach areas of Sichuan. This is going to be a tough around the clock rescue mission.
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Glad to see their workers are ok.
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glad to hear none of their employees were injured! well.. at least they got something out of it (free vacation until weds! )
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10,000 casualties from chinese media means a whole lot more in reality, we will never know the true extent of the damage.
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10,000 casualties from chinese media means a whole lot more in reality, we will never know the true extent of the damage.
I agree. It will probably be some time before the actual numbers can be tallied. I just saw more than I needed to on the news; while the entire situation is horrible, the 300 children crushed in a daycare hit me kind of hard as I have a 2 year old. I can't imagine.......
    
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10,000 casualties from chinese media means a whole lot more in reality, we will never know the true extent of the damage.
I don't think there's anything to lie about since China allowed global media coverage of the tragedy almost right after it happened. The US isn't very honest about the actual number of dead US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan either.
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