October 12th, 2010
09:20 PM ET

On the scene: Chileans gather to watch rescue, history

Chileans are gathering in droves to watch rescue coverage.

In between cheers of celebration in the city plaza of Copiapo, Chile, on Tuesday night, you can hear a pin drop.

Thousands of Chileans have gathered in Copiapo, one of the closest city centers to the San Jose mine site, to witness a live feed of the rescue efforts of the 33 trapped miners.

An enormous projection screen was erected in the plaza. It switches between Chilean cable television outlets, all focused entirely on the mine rescue. Vendors sell Chilean flags and banners reading celebratory sentiments such as  "Fuerza Mineros," or "strength to the miners."

Children run in front of the screen waving flags and signs, joining in the occasional chant.

Vendors are selling horns - reminiscent of the vuvuzela, and people are buying them up and going crazy whenever something happens.

Cheers erupt when news announcers read a list of the order of miners to be rescued. But at times, the only thing you can hear is the audio from the government video feed, showing workers making final connections to the rescue capsule.

Being here, it's hard not to occasionally stop and just watch along with the crowd - a crowd that seems to grow by the hour, gathering to watch a momentous event in the country's recent history. This story  has grabbed the world's attention and held on tight.

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  1. penny

    Kirban, U & U alone hv turned a wonderful success story into hate speech. U & Ur ilk pollute the world. Thankfully the world consists of quite a few people whose IQ supersedes urs by @ least 110 points

    October 13, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shan Thomson

    Regarding the rescue of the Chilean miners....in a world full of hate, war, bigotry, human rights violatons, crime and abuse, isn't it amazing and empwering to see what good mankind can do and how we are all capable of hope, goodwill, teamwork and faith in one another. It is nice to be reminded of mankind's potential.

    October 13, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Luis

    Fuerza chilenos que ustedes pueden.

    October 13, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Luis

    Chileans can force you

    October 13, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. McConnell familiy OKLAHOMA

    GOD BLESS ALL OF THE MINORS & THEIR FAMILIES. I could not sleep last night, I watch it all night and still am. There IS so good in this world and WE are seeing it now. This proves people still care about their "brothers." GOD is in the presense of these wonderful men, our HEROES FOREVER! WE ALL CARE ABOUT YOU ALL. FOREVER!

    October 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marjorie Batson

    I had the day off today and I'm so glad. God bless these 33 miners and their families and Chile on how they handled this crisis. I've never seen such great teamwork with great spirits. What an inspiring moment for this world. Much love from Harlem New York

    October 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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