April 15, 2016 - 4:32 PM EDT
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Manufacturers suspend production after M7.3 quake rocks Kyushu

A number of firms were forced to suspend production or have their employees evacuate after a magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked Kyushu in Japan's southwest early Saturday following a series of tremors beginning roughly a day earlier.

A semiconductor plant of Sony Corp. in Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture, was partially shut down following the strong quake and employees who were working an overnight shift evacuated.

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. said production has been suspended at its semiconductor and engineering plants, both in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Tire maker Bridgestone Corp., which halted production at its Kumamoto plant following a magnitude-6.5 quake on Thursday, had been preparing to resume operations before sending workers home again.

Yamazaki Baking Co. was beginning to resume production in Uki, Kumamaoto Prefecture, after Thursday's temblor. But the powerful quake on Saturday again forced it to suspend its production line.

No workers were hurt, but the latest quake damaged ceiling and wall sections at the plant, the bread maker said.

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., a unit of JX Holdings Inc., has suspended oil shipments at its refinery in Oita since Saturday morning, while continuing refinement of crude oil.


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