mining disaster

A 700 metres deep mine in Northern Chile. Only one entry and no emergency exit. 33 miners trapped in the lowest underground shelter. 35 ºC and 98% humidity.

After 20 days of survival, rescue teams have found them by means of an 8 cm wide drill. Food, messages and medicines are to be interchanged from now on.

Final rescue is predicted to last another 3 months, since the drill machine can excavate only 15 m per day of the salvation tunnel, 66 cm wide, enough for average male shoulders to pass through.

Meanwhile, their relatives camp at the entrance of the mine, to provide psychological support to the miners, trapped until Christmas.

The owner of the mine has not appeared in public yet. Apart from a ridiculous salary and non-existent safety controls, miners were reported to have been given only water and 2 biscuits inside the tunnels per working day.

[source and image> vertical section of Chile Mine disaster by El Pais paper version 24/08/2010]

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