Dr Jose A. Cotay
Chilean Copper Mine
On August 5, 2010 there was one of the worst mining disasters in the history of mining. In the Atacama Deseret one of the largest mines there was a clasp. On this day 33 miners were unaccounted for after they did a head count of all the miners that come out the dust and dirt. The company was not sure if they were alive or dead. The community that these men lived in was grief stricken and their families were mortified. Doing this kind of work the families knew that this could happen. This 121 year old copper mine had gone through many other nature disasters like the 2010 earth quack. The cry went out to the government for help and their call was answered. The government stepped in and took control over everything from the company to the searching for these men. The area or location of where these miners had been working was 2,300 feet underground and over 3 miles from the entrance of the cave. The government did not have the equipment or the people need to conduct this type of search for the possible survivors. Outside organization came to the aid of the government to assist in the search. With them a labor force big enough to work round the clock looking was sent. Three large drills were sent to drill holes to last depth of the miners were deployed in the area of the mine. People volunteer to came help even if they had no training for this type of work. The voices of the families and friends of the miners were heard around the world. This turned into a joint government search the likes of which have never been seen before.
In this area mining is the major part of the economy and the miners are the main source of income for their families. If they were not still living in the mine this would have impacted the families more than anything. To lose their husband or dad would be an emotion toll that no one should ever have to go through. During this time the company