Japan earthquakes not expected to affect Sony’s production of image sensors for smartphones

Sony said a factory producing image sensors for smartphone makers such as Apple will remain closed while it assesses the damage from two deadly earthquakes which hit southern Japan, reports Reuters. The quakes measured up to 7.3 in magnitude and, tragically, killed at least 42 people.

The company said it will extend the closure of its image sensor plant in Kumamoto, which is in the southern island of Kyushu, after major trembles on Thursday and Saturday rocked the key manufacturing region. Sony added that operations at its image sensor plant in Nagasaki, also in Kyushu, will be partially suspended and it does not yet have a timeline for full resumption of operations.

“We are not expecting any immediate supply disruption as we have some inventories right now," a company spokesman told Reuters. "We will make an announcement promptly if any supply issues emerge.”