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San Jose Mine (Los 33), Copiapo

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The San José Mine is a small copper-gold mine located near Copiapó, Atacama Region, Chile. The mine became known internationally for its collapse in 2010, which trapped 33 miners 700m underground. Its workings are reached by a long sloping roadway with many spiral turns, not by a vertical mineshaft.HistoryThe San José Mine is located 45 kilometers northwest of Copiapó. It began to be operated in 1889. In 1957, Jorge Kemeny Letay, a Hungarian immigrant founded the San Esteban Mining Company (Compañía Minera San Esteban).According to Terra, the mine's annual sales surpassed 20 million dollars.Between 2003 and 2010, several mining accidents occurred in the mine, causing at least three deaths. In 2007, a geologist was killed in the mine, and led to its closure. It was reopened in May 2008 by SERNAGEOMIN – Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (National Geology and Mining Service). In July 2010, miner Gino Cortés lost one of his legs in an accident.2010 accidentCompañía Minera San Esteban advised national authorities on 5 August 2010 that a collapse had occurred at 14:00 local time, and rescue efforts began the next day. National Emergencies Office of Chile reported that day a list of 33 trapped and possibly deceased miners, that included Franklin Lobos, a retired footballer, and Carlos Mamani, a Bolivian miner. The miners were found alive 17 days later, on August 22. Nonetheless, it was not until 69 days after the collapse on October 13, 2010, that the first miner, Florencio Ávalos, was rescued.
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  • The site itself is not extraordinary, but what has happened on August 5, 2010 - the collapse of the mine and the burial of 33 miners 700 meters deep - and above all, their 69 days later, rescue is very well documented. Panels explain all stages of this rescue and present the different options and attempts. You can see a copy of the capsule that brought down, one by one, survivors, as well as excerpts from the television news broadcast around the world at the time. The exhibition shows also pictures of the rescue and camp (families of the miners, rescuers, media, etc) who settled on the spot. One of the miners, number 11, is often found at the scene and is happy to welcome visitors. In addition, little interesting background on the lives of the miners, their daily lives, safety precautions, etc. before the accident. A forty kilometers around Copiapo. Very good road and magnificent landscapes. Attention: the site is only open to the visit that weekend. From Thursday to Sunday.
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  • In this place, they tell you the reality of mining employees, who already have very assumed to the risk in each yous.
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  • He place this as to 40 km of copying, is arrives by road stabilized can go in vehicle low, this part of the road is in regular State, only to the enter to the mine the road is of land and bad. When you arrive there is a viewpoint small with 2 containers where you can view videos of relevant moments of the rescue and how the international press saw him. Jorge Galleguillos, minus miner number 11, is always there and you can hire a short tour of the place, the explains you what happened in each place, obviously the best is the conversation that this miner who pass by this extreme situation. Place excites you and the chest as Chilean is recommended makes you inchar a visit also the landscape before arriving at the mine is overwhelming. Ultimately there to go and experience the excitement and pride.
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