Peru's Antamina copper mine had to halt operations Sunday due to a strike by a rural community that decided to block one of the roads through which output is carried.
Nine Peruvian miners emerged into the daylight Wednesday morning after six days trapped in a collapsed mine. State television showed the miners leaving the Cabeza de Negro mine, each supported by two rescuers. They wore sunglasses to protect their eyes from the light, after spending so much time in darkness.
On October 13, 2010, the 33 trapped Chilean miners looked upon the blazing sunshine of the Atacama Desert for the first time in over two months. It was remarkable they had survived at all, but their successful rescue after so long underground was positively incredible.
After nearly six months of planning, the Chilean Embassy in the United States—headed by Ambassador Arturo Fermandois—is refining the final details for the opening of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of National History in Washington, D.C., on the historic rescue of the 33 Chilean miners last October.
Thirty-one of the 33 Chilean miners rescued last year from the bottom of the San José mine filed a lawsuit late last week against the government agency that was supposed to have monitored the safety of the mine. The 33 miners were miraculously rescues after surviving nearly two months underground.
Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced on Thursday to abandon a public event in the face of angry protests over food shortages and price rises. Morales was due to address a parade to commemorate a colonial-era uprising in the mining city of Oruro.
Last year tens of millions watched the drama of the Chilean miners, unfold, and few will ever forget it. Thirty-three men had been trapped by a fall of rock, 700 metres below the surface of a mine in Chile.
The Chilean commission investigating the mining disaster in the Atacama desert last year, has found the owners of the San Jose mine and the National Service of Geology and Mines responsible for the accident and the Chilean government free of any blame.
The 33 miners who survived 69 days at a depth of some 700 meters (2,300 feet) down a Chilean mine were named “Team of the Year” on Tuesday by The Times of London
A protest to demand the wages of more than 300 employees at the San José mine took place Friday morning in Copiapó northern Chile.