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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 05:40 PM

On this day, August 5, 2010, the 2010 Copiapo mining accident occurred.

There was a similar rescue near Somerset, Pennsylvania in 2002. Hat tip, KDKA

Quecreek Mine rescue

The Quecreek Mine rescue took place in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, when nine miners were trapped underground for over 77 hours, from July 24 to 28, 2002. All nine miners were rescued.


2010 Copiapó mining accident

Rescue efforts at the mine on 10 August 2010

Date: 5 August – 13 October 2010 (69 days)
Location: San José mine, near Copiapó, Atacama Region, Chile
Coordinates: Coordinates: 27.158609°S 70.497655°W
Outcome: All 33 trapped miners rescued

The 2010 Copiapó mining accident, also known then as the "Chilean mining accident", began on 5 August 2010, with a cave-in at the San José copper–gold mine, located in the Atacama Desert 45 kilometers (28 mi) north of the regional capital of Copiapó, in northern Chile. Thirty-three men, trapped 700 meters (2,300 ft) underground and 5 kilometers (3 mi) from the mine's entrance via spiraling underground ramps, were rescued after 69 days.

After the state-owned mining company, Codelco, took over rescue efforts from the mine's owners, exploratory boreholes were drilled. Seventeen days after the accident, a note was found taped to a drill bit pulled back to the surface: "Estamos bien en el refugio los 33" ( "We are well in the shelter, the 33 of us" ).

Three separate drilling rig teams; nearly every Chilean government ministry; the United States' space agency, NASA; and a dozen corporations from around the world cooperated in completing the rescue. On 13 October 2010 the men were winched to the surface one at a time, in a specially built capsule, as an estimated 5.3 million people watched via video stream worldwide. With few exceptions, they were in good medical condition with no long-term physical effects anticipated.[6] Private donations covered one-third of the US$20 million cost of the rescue, with the rest coming from the mine owners and the government.

Previous geological instability at the old mine and a long record of safety violations for the mine's owners, San Esteban Mining Company, had resulted in a series of fines and accidents, including eight deaths, during the dozen years leading up to this accident. Following three years of work, lawsuits and investigations into the collapse concluded in August 2013 with no charges filed.


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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 05:58 PM

1. I remember it well

but, goddamn, did that dozen years fly by in a blur.

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