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article imagePhoto Essay: Chilean Miners Rescued

By Chris Hogg     Oct 13, 2010 in World
The Chilean government has turned to the Web to share images of miners being rescued in Chile. Sharing images on Flickr, the Chilean government is showcasing miners' reactions as they reach the surface after being trapped underground for 69 days.
So far, just over a dozen miners have been brought safely to the surface after being trapped nearly 700 metres (2,296 ft) underground in a copper and gold mine.
A man named Florencio Avalos Silva was the first of the 33 miners to reach the surface where he hugged his family, rescuers and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.
With an estimated 2,000 journalists present at the rescue site, in Chile, the scene is being broadcast to more than one billion people worldwide, the Montreal Gazette reports.
In an effort to share the moments of freedom, the Chilean government has created an official Flickr stream where it is constantly uploading new images.
Below are photos taken on the scene at the rescue:
Carlos Barrios  24  is the thirteenth trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiap...
Carlos Barrios, 24, is the thirteenth trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Edison Peña  34  becomes the twelfth trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiap...
Edison Peña, 34, becomes the twelfth trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Jorge Galleguillos  55  hugs Chilean president Sebastian Piñera and becomes the eleventh trapped mi...
Jorge Galleguillos, 55, hugs Chilean president Sebastian Piñera and becomes the eleventh trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Thirty-one year old Alex Vega holds his helmet while hugging his wife as the tenth rescued miner at ...
Thirty-one year old Alex Vega holds his helmet while hugging his wife as the tenth rescued miner at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010. A mine collapse left the workers trapped underground for 69 days.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Mario Gomez  59  is the oldest and the ninth of thirty-three miners being liberated from the collaps...
Mario Gomez, 59, is the oldest and the ninth of thirty-three miners being liberated from the collapsed San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010. The miners have been trapped for 69 days since the collapse of the mine on August 5, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Family members of Claudio Yañez  34  cheer on as he becomes the eighth miner to leave the San Jose ...
Family members of Claudio Yañez, 34, cheer on as he becomes the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Jose Ojeda  45  the seventh of thirty-three miners to leave the mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule...
Jose Ojeda, 45, the seventh of thirty-three miners to leave the mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule after over 2 months of being trapped in San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile early in the morning of October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Members of the press gather on an authorized part of a hill overlooking the rescue operation involve...
Members of the press gather on an authorized part of a hill overlooking the rescue operation involved in liberating 33 trapped miners in San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Jorge Galleguillos  55  becomes the eleventh trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near...
Jorge Galleguillos, 55, becomes the eleventh trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Bolivian president Evo Morales takes a tour of the rescue operation with Chilean president Sebastian...
Bolivian president Evo Morales takes a tour of the rescue operation with Chilean president Sebastian Piñera as they bring up Jorge Galleguillos, the eleventh trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Juan Illanes  51  shakes hands with Andres Sougarret  chief of rescue operations  and becomes the th...
Juan Illanes, 51, shakes hands with Andres Sougarret, chief of rescue operations, and becomes the third miner to be freed from the San Jose mine where 33 miners have been trapped since August 5th, near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Mario Gomez  59  is the oldest and the ninth of thirty-three miners being liberated from the collaps...
Mario Gomez, 59, is the oldest and the ninth of thirty-three miners being liberated from the collapsed San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010. The miners have been trapped for 69 days since the collapse of the mine on August 5, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Mario Sepulveda  39  is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule ...
Mario Sepulveda, 39, is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule the night of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Mario Sepulveda  39  is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule ...
Mario Sepulveda, 39, is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule the night of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Florencio Avalos  31  becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident t...
Florencio Avalos, 31, becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident trapped 33 miners for 68 days in the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile the night of October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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President Sebastian Piñera and Minister of Mining Laurence Golborne stand with the family of Floren...
President Sebastian Piñera and Minister of Mining Laurence Golborne stand with the family of Florencio Avalos while waiting for the trapped miner to exit inside the Phoenix 2 rescue capsule at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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The sixth miner to emerge from the San Jose mine was Osman Araya  29  after having been trapped for ...
The sixth miner to emerge from the San Jose mine was Osman Araya, 29, after having been trapped for 69 days after the collapse of a tunnel on August 5. The rescue operations began bringing miners to the surface on October 13, 2010 near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Juan Illanes  51  hugs his wife  becoming the third miner to be freed from the San Jose mine where 3...
Juan Illanes, 51, hugs his wife, becoming the third miner to be freed from the San Jose mine where 33 miners have been trapped since August 5th, near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Chilean President Sebastian Piñera watches the first dry run of the descent of the unmanned Phoenix...
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera watches the first dry run of the descent of the unmanned Phoenix 2 rescue capsule into the hole that will save the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Manuel Gonzalez  a rescue specialist from Codelco  will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix ...
Manuel Gonzalez, a rescue specialist from Codelco, will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix 2 rescue capsule into the hole that will save the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Manuel Gonzalez  a rescue specialist from Codelco  will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix ...
Manuel Gonzalez, a rescue specialist from Codelco, will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix 2 rescue capsule into the hole that will save the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Mario Sepulveda  39  is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule ...
Mario Sepulveda, 39, is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule the night of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Florencio Avalos  31  becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident t...
Florencio Avalos, 31, becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident trapped 33 miners for 68 days in the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile the night of October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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Chilean President Sebastian Piñera (left) and Mining Minister Laurence Golborne shake hands after R...
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera (left) and Mining Minister Laurence Golborne shake hands after Roberto Rios, a tecnical expert arrives at the bottom of the hole where the 33 trapped miners wait for their exit at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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