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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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  • 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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  • It is a must-see place of the region.! 40 minutes from boiler, desert inside. Open from Thursday to Sunday. A miner of the 33 this to charge and you provides the option of tours to each point of the Odyssey. If you don't take the tours you have everything marked and revives the historical moment. Very highly recommended.
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  • Being in this place produces a feeling of spirituality almost impossible to contain the excitement, tremendous. Just think that here occurred the rescue known as the miracle of the 33, gets goose bumps. Also, had the tremendous honor of knowing personally to Jorge Galleguillos Orellana, one of them 33 heroes, who in a language clear and simple us told part of his Odyssey. I think that any Chilean should be deprived of visiting this place that came with force in the history of humanity.
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