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Chilean miners rescued after 69 days underground

<p>Trapped miner Samuel Avalos (2nd L) celebrates as he emerges from the "Phoenix" rescue capsule after reaching the surface to become the 22nd to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Trapped miner Samuel Avalos (2nd L) celebrates as he emerges from the "Phoenix" rescue capsule after reaching the surface to become the 22nd to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of...more

Trapped miner Samuel Avalos (2nd L) celebrates as he emerges from the "Phoenix" rescue capsule after reaching the surface to become the 22nd to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Trapped miner Esteban Rojas kneels to pray as his wife places an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe over him after he reached the surface to became the 18th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Trapped miner Esteban Rojas kneels to pray as his wife places an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe over him after he reached the surface to became the 18th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government...more

Trapped miner Esteban Rojas kneels to pray as his wife places an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe over him after he reached the surface to became the 18th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Miner Osman Araya hugs his wife after arriving as the sixth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Miner Osman Araya hugs his wife after arriving as the sixth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

Miner Osman Araya hugs his wife after arriving as the sixth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Miner Claudio Yanez celebrates as he is wheeled into a field hospital after arriving as the eighth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Miner Claudio Yanez celebrates as he is wheeled into a field hospital after arriving as the eighth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

Miner Claudio Yanez celebrates as he is wheeled into a field hospital after arriving as the eighth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Trapped miner Victor Segovia is wheeled to a field hospital after reaching the surface to become the 15th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Trapped miner Victor Segovia is wheeled to a field hospital after reaching the surface to become the 15th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout

Trapped miner Victor Segovia is wheeled to a field hospital after reaching the surface to become the 15th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he arrives on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he arrives on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he arrives on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he is wheeled into the field hospital for a check-up after arriving on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado</p>

Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he is wheeled into the field hospital for a check-up after arriving on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he is wheeled into the field hospital for a check-up after arriving on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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<p>Trapped miner Carlos Barrios Edison Pena is wheeled to a field hospital after reaching the surface to become the 13th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Trapped miner Carlos Barrios Edison Pena is wheeled to a field hospital after reaching the surface to become the 13th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout

Trapped miner Carlos Barrios Edison Pena is wheeled to a field hospital after reaching the surface to become the 13th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante/Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Miner Jimmy Sanchez celebrates with the flag of a soccer team as he arrives as the fifth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. Chile's 33 trapped miners are set to travel nearly half a mile through solid rock in a shaft just wider than a man's shoulders on Tuesday night, as their two month ordeal after a cave-in draws to an end. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Miner Jimmy Sanchez celebrates with the flag of a soccer team as he arrives as the fifth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. Chile's 33 trapped miners are set to travel nearly half a mile through solid rock in a shaft just...more

Miner Jimmy Sanchez celebrates with the flag of a soccer team as he arrives as the fifth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. Chile's 33 trapped miners are set to travel nearly half a mile through solid rock in a shaft just wider than a man's shoulders on Tuesday night, as their two month ordeal after a cave-in draws to an end. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani celebrates after arriving as the fourth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani celebrates after arriving as the fourth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani celebrates after arriving as the fourth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he arrives on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado</p>

Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he arrives on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

Miner Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates as he arrives on the surface as the ninth to be rescued in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>Miner Jimmy Sanchez arrives at the Copiapo hospital for a full check-up after being rescued from the San Jose mine, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Miner Jimmy Sanchez arrives at the Copiapo hospital for a full check-up after being rescued from the San Jose mine, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Miner Jimmy Sanchez arrives at the Copiapo hospital for a full check-up after being rescued from the San Jose mine, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>Miner Juan Illanes celebrates as President Sebastian Pinera, rescue workers and government officials watch, when he became the third miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. Chile's 33 trapped miners are set to travel nearly half a mile through solid rock in a shaft just wider than a man's shoulders on Tuesday night, as their two month ordeal after a cave-in draws to an end. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado</p>

Miner Juan Illanes celebrates as President Sebastian Pinera, rescue workers and government officials watch, when he became the third miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. Chile's 33 trapped miners are set to travel nearly...more

Miner Juan Illanes celebrates as President Sebastian Pinera, rescue workers and government officials watch, when he became the third miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. Chile's 33 trapped miners are set to travel nearly half a mile through solid rock in a shaft just wider than a man's shoulders on Tuesday night, as their two month ordeal after a cave-in draws to an end. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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<p>Mario Sepulveda celebrates with rescue workers after becoming the second miner to reach the surface at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. C REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile</p>

Mario Sepulveda celebrates with rescue workers after becoming the second miner to reach the surface at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. C REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile

Mario Sepulveda celebrates with rescue workers after becoming the second miner to reach the surface at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. C REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile

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<p>Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in this October 13, 2010 handout photo. REUTERS/Jose Manuel de la Maza-Chilean Presidency/Handout</p>

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in this October 13, 2010 handout photo. REUTERS/Jose...more

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in this October 13, 2010 handout photo. REUTERS/Jose Manuel de la Maza-Chilean Presidency/Handout

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<p>Video grab of rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez being welcomed by trapped miners as his rescue capsule reaches down to hoist trapped miners out at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool</p>

Video grab of rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez being welcomed by trapped miners as his rescue capsule reaches down to hoist trapped miners out at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool

Video grab of rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez being welcomed by trapped miners as his rescue capsule reaches down to hoist trapped miners out at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool

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<p>The winch operator monitors the progress of the rescue capsule he is lifting with one of the 33 miners inside on a computer at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

The winch operator monitors the progress of the rescue capsule he is lifting with one of the 33 miners inside on a computer at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

The winch operator monitors the progress of the rescue capsule he is lifting with one of the 33 miners inside on a computer at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Journalists cover the operation to rescue the trapped miners at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado</p>

Journalists cover the operation to rescue the trapped miners at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

Journalists cover the operation to rescue the trapped miners at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>Rescue workers gather around a rescue capsule carrying Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool</p>

Rescue workers gather around a rescue capsule carrying Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Government of...more

Rescue workers gather around a rescue capsule carrying Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool

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<p>Family members of Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, wife Monica (C) and son Iaino (2nd L) move in to embrace Avalos upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool</p>

Family members of Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, wife Monica (C) and son Iaino (2nd L) move in to embrace Avalos upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010....more

Family members of Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, wife Monica (C) and son Iaino (2nd L) move in to embrace Avalos upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool

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<p>Residents cheer when the first rescuer reached the underground refuge of the miners trapped in the San Jose mine, while watching on a large screen in a public square in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Residents cheer when the first rescuer reached the underground refuge of the miners trapped in the San Jose mine, while watching on a large screen in a public square in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Residents cheer when the first rescuer reached the underground refuge of the miners trapped in the San Jose mine, while watching on a large screen in a public square in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani is helped by rescue workers as he arrives as the fourth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani is helped by rescue workers as he arrives as the fourth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani is helped by rescue workers as he arrives as the fourth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>Marcelo Quispe (L), nephew of Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani, and Sabina Pacage (R), Mamani's mother-in-law, react to seeing his televised rescue at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Hidalgo</p>

Marcelo Quispe (L), nephew of Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani, and Sabina Pacage (R), Mamani's mother-in-law, react to seeing his televised rescue at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Hidalgo

Marcelo Quispe (L), nephew of Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani, and Sabina Pacage (R), Mamani's mother-in-law, react to seeing his televised rescue at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Hidalgo

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<p>A frame grab shows Florencio Avalos (C), the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, being met by rescuers and emergency workers upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool</p>

A frame grab shows Florencio Avalos (C), the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, being met by rescuers and emergency workers upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010....more

A frame grab shows Florencio Avalos (C), the first of 33 workers trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine, being met by rescuers and emergency workers upon ascending to surface at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool

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<p>Alfonso Avalos (L), father of miner Florencio Avalos, watches with family and other miners' families the rescue of his son Florencio Avalos as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Hidalgo</p>

Alfonso Avalos (L), father of miner Florencio Avalos, watches with family and other miners' families the rescue of his son Florencio Avalos as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 12, 2010....more

Alfonso Avalos (L), father of miner Florencio Avalos, watches with family and other miners' families the rescue of his son Florencio Avalos as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted from the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Hidalgo

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<p>Miner Mario Sepulveda (C) celebrates as President Sebastian Pinera, rescue workers and government officials watch, when he became the second miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado</p>

Miner Mario Sepulveda (C) celebrates as President Sebastian Pinera, rescue workers and government officials watch, when he became the second miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Miner Mario Sepulveda (C) celebrates as President Sebastian Pinera, rescue workers and government officials watch, when he became the second miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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<p>Residents observe the rescue of the miners trapped in the San Jose mine, on a large screen in a public square in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Residents observe the rescue of the miners trapped in the San Jose mine, on a large screen in a public square in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Residents observe the rescue of the miners trapped in the San Jose mine, on a large screen in a public square in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera as his wife Monica and son Laino wait, after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Manuel de la Maza-Chilean Presidency/Handout</p>

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera as his wife Monica and son Laino wait, after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12,...more

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera as his wife Monica and son Laino wait, after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Manuel de la Maza-Chilean Presidency/Handout

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<p>Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (C) observes as the rescue capsule is lowered into the shaft for the final test at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout</p>

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (C) observes as the rescue capsule is lowered into the shaft for the final test at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (C) observes as the rescue capsule is lowered into the shaft for the final test at San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile/Handout

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<p>The capsule that will carry the trapped miners to safety is brought into position at the start of the rescue operation at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado</p>

The capsule that will carry the trapped miners to safety is brought into position at the start of the rescue operation at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

The capsule that will carry the trapped miners to safety is brought into position at the start of the rescue operation at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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