Chilean Mine Collapse

After more than 66 days 1,000 feet below ground, the 33 Chilean miners and their families wait for a drill to finish sculpting a rescue shaft through the last layers of rock.

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    Miners to Be Freed

    Oct. 9: Jeff Hart, the T-130 drill operator from Denver, Colorado, left, embraces Elizabeth Segovia, sister of trapped miner Dario Segovia Rojo, at the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile.
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    Workers Celebrate

    Oct. 9: Workers of the T 130 drilling machine react after completing an escape hole for the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo city.
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    Workers Celebrate

    Oct. 9: Mining officials and personnel involved in the rescue operation of 33 trapped miners wave to the press after a drill successfully reached the miners at the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile.
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    Family Member Celebrates

    Oct. 9: A relative of the 33 miners trapped deep underground in a copper and gold mine is hugged by a policeman after the T 130 drilling machine completed an escape hole for the 33 miners that are trapped deep underground at San Jose mine near Copiapo city.
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    Family Member Celebrates

    Oct. 9: Elizabeth Segovia, sister of Dario Segovia, one of the 33 miners trapped deep underground from an accident on August 5 at San Jose mine, meets with the T 130 drilling machine operators U.S Jeff Heart (L) and Matt Staffel after completing the escape hole for the miners near Copiapo city.
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    Camp for Miners' Relatives

    Oct. 8: An illuminated balloon hovers over the camp were relatives of a trapped miners wait for news of the rescue effort near the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile.
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    Waiting for the Rescue

    Oct. 8: Ezequiel Rivera hugs his daughter at the camp were relatives of a trapped miners wait for news of the rescue effort. Drillers neared the lower reaches of a gold and copper mine where 33 men have been trapped for more than two months.
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    Meeting With the Relatives

    Oct. 8: Chile's First Lady Cecilia Morel, center, drinks mate, an herbal tea, as she meets with the relatives of trapped miners at a camp near at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile.
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    Waiting for the Rescue

    Oct. 8: Elizabeth Segovia, sister of trapped miner Dario Segovia, sits a the camp where relatives wait for the rescue of the miners outside the San Jose mine, Copiapo, Chile. Chile's mining minister says that just 130 feet remain before a drill breaks through to reach the chamber in the collapsed gold and copper mine.
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    Working Towards Rescue

    Oct. 8: Chile's Health Minister Jaime Manalich, left, Atacama region mining official Ximena Matas, second from left, and Chile's Minister of Mining, Laurence Golborne, center, inspect a module that will be used for the initial reunion between rescued miners with their relatives at the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile. Engineers and rescue workers continue working to get to the 33 trapped miners who have waited for more than two months to be rescued. Other people in the photo are unidentified.
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    Vigil for Trapped Miners

    Oct. 7: A relative of one of the 33 miners trapped lights a candle during a vigil outside the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile. The miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5.
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    School for Miners' Children

    Oct. 7: Children play outside a makeshift school room set up for children of 33 trapped miners at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile.
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    Chilean Miner Talks to Family

    In this photos provided by Chile's government, trapped miner Claudio Yanez talks to his relatives during a video conference at the collapsed San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5.
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    Chilean Miners' Video

    In this TV grab taken from a video released by Chile's government on Tuesday, Aug. 31, miners react inside the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5.
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    Chilean Miners' Video

    In this TV grab taken from a video released by the government of Chile on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, a miner trapped at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, holds a Chilean flag. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5.
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    Chilean Miners Get Supplies

    In this TV grab taken from a video released by Chile's government on Tuesday, Aug. 31, miners receive supplies, sent to them through a pipe from the surface, inside the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5.
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    Chilean Miners' Video

    In this photos provided by Chile's Presidency, trapped miner, Mario Sepulveda, left, speaks to a miner, right, during a video conference at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5.
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    Chilean Rescue Operation

    Workers prepare a tool to be used in the rescue operation of miners at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5.
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    Chilean Mine Drill

    Men work on a new drill being used in the rescue operation of miners at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5.
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    Fuerza Mineros!

    Cookers fry fish outside the collapsed San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5. The graffiti at the wall behind reads in Spanish: "Be strong, miners".
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    August 22: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera holds up a plastic bag containing a message from the 33 miners trapped saying, "We are OK in the refuge". (AP)
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    Depth_Reached

    August 22: Relatives of several miners trapped in the collapsed mine react after being informed that one of the drill machines being used in the rescue effort has reached the depth where the miners are located. (AP)
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    Relatives_Wait

    August 6: Relatives wait as rescuers scramble to dig out 33 copper workers trapped inside the San Jose mine in Copiapo, in northern Chile. Miners are trapped nearly 1,000 feet below ground after a tunnel caved in. (AP)
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    Officials_Speak_to_Miners_Families

    August 7: Chile's Mining Minister Laurence Golborne speaks to relatives and journalists outside the collapsed mine in Copaipo, Chile. Search groups suspended their hunt for the 33 workers after a new collapse occurred. (AP)
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    Rescue_Efforts_Continue

    August 7: Miners, relatives and rescue workers stand outside a collapsed copper mine during a rescue effort for 33 trapped in Copiapo, Chile. (AP)
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    Still_Trapped

    August 9: A drill machine is being used to try and contact the 33 trapped miners is seen in from a distance in Copiapo, Chile. (AP)
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    Outside_the_Mine

    August 13: Relatives and co-workers place Chilean flags outside the collapsed mine where 33 miners have been trapped for more than a week. (AP)
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    Mass

    August 10: Relatives and miners attend a Mass outside the collapsed mine in Copiapo, Chile. (AP)
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