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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

On the Drill Through in Chile

A phenomenal rescue operation says the BBC today.

Finally an occasion for rejoicing in the arid Atacama Desert.

The drill has reached the 33 miners trapped deep  underground for nearly 70 days after a cave-in. The rescue is in progress, as we all know.

The Chilean president, Sebastian Piñera, his wife and other members of his cabinet were at the site to welcome the miners back to real life on the surface and the (glare of) media spotlight.

A survival story that held us all riveted to TV sets. TV news tells us that the miners have been fed accordingly and told to exercise by clearing debris to keep their waistines from ballooning to fit in the evacuation shaft which is just 60 centimeters (24 inches) in diameter.

Flowered desert, at the Atacama desert in ChileImage via Wikipedia
Ironies of ironies (oh, saints!), los mineros are healthier because of  the days spent trapped in the hole (so one network tells us...). They have been fed nice and everything and medical personnel monitoring their every breath were on hand on the surface to cater to their every need.

We have also learnt that the Chilean government has spared no efforts and funds to extricate the hapless workers from the dantean pit to deflect criticism over their spotty safety record at the mines.

We are all ecstatic that they have been brought back to the surface and to their families... And to uncountable TV docs we will be watching about their ordeal.  Which channels are they going to be on?


On August 22, 2010, CBS reports: Both the company that owns the mine, San Esteban, and the National Mining and Geology Service have been criticized for allegedly failing to comply with regulations. In 2007, an explosion at the San Jose mine killed three workers. 

Chile is the world's top copper producer and a leading gold producer.

Reality Observer said this on August 29.

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