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Today in Latin American History

33 Chilean Miners Were Rescued After 69 Days Underground in 2010

33 Chilean Miners Were Rescued After 69 Days Underground in 2010

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Today in Latin American history, all 33 Chilean miners were rescued following 69 days underground after a mining accident in 2010.

The buried men, who became known as “Los 33” (“The 33”), were trapped 2,300 feet underground and about 3 miles from the mine’s entrance via spiraling underground service ramps.

The rescue effort cost $20 Million and was seen by an estimated 1 billion viewers around the world.

Various lawsuits and investigations resulting from the accident were still pending as of March 2011. On August 1, 2013, after a three-year investigation, it ended with no charges filed.

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