A large 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the central part of the Philippines yesterday, centred on the islands of Bohol and Cebu in the Visayas region – which includes Mactan Island where STI’s factory is located. This is the strongest earthquake to hit the area for 23 years and much damage has been reported including the collapse of several older buildings and significant road and infrastructure damage; tragically, at least 93 people have been reported dead, with many more injured.
We are pleased to report, however, that all of our 240 staff and their families are safe, the factory is operational (from this morning), all equipment is up and running after calibration testing and we expect to resume normal operations today.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those families that have been affected by this earthquake and we will keep you posted on any further developments. The Philippines is situated on the “ring of fire” around the Pacific Rim and regular minor earthquakes are a fact of life for the region so we remain vigilant and prepared at all times for these difficult events. We are grateful to our dedicated staff for their resilience and hard work in the face of this sad episode.
For more information on the Philippines Climate – please read the “STI Guide to the Philippines”