Honda has suspended operations at its primary motorcycle factory in Japan following last week’s earthquakes. Kumamoto, Japan, was hit with two earthquakes in a matter of days, a magnitude 6.2 quake on April 14 and another on April 16 that registered a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale.
Kumamoto is home to Honda’s Japanese motorcycle factory which produces 250,000 units a year, manufacturing models such as the Goldwing, CBR1000RR and its VT1300 and Shadow cruisers.
Following the first earthquake, Honda halted production while it accessed the status of the facilities and its parts suppliers. After the second quake, Honda announced it would halt operations until at least April 22. Production may resume after that date provided the facilities or supply of parts are available.
Meanwhile, Honda announced it will donate 50 million yen (US$459,500) to the Kumamoto Prefecture to aid in recovery efforts. Honda will also provide power generators and emergency food and water supplies for the people affected. Honda is also providing road accessibility data for the region from its Internavi on-demand traffic information service to Google and Yahoo’s map services.