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.
Congratulation to Chile.
Every nation should learn from this.
Hate breeds hate!! I'm from the USA...I believe God is in control! Why can't we love one another we are all different in many ways. God bless these miners and the familys, rescue crew, the crowd standing and waiting all involved! May God bless each and everyone of you!
Great job Chile!!! Your perseverance and goodness of heart are shining for the world to see!
Get them guys out of that damn hole god bless the miners.
im so happy this rescue was a sucess and everyone involved is truley an act of god. i pray everyday
Lovely pictures, good luck to them all 😉
Thank you Lord! This current recovery reminds me of the rescue efforts of a then 18 month old "Baby Jessica" (McClure). Nearly 23 years ago to the date (October 14, 1987), she'd fallen into a well in her backyard.
Lovely pictures, good luch to them all
Iam very far from you,my heart & prayers is with the miners and all people helping then to come out,god is great never forget god,i am watching the rescue from cnn,love you all.i am from mauritius island in the indian ocean too far.
Yes~it is WONDERFUL!~ TO SEE The MINERS RETURNED TO THEIR LIVES AND FAMILIES~AND THE RESCUE WORKERS WHO HAVE WORKED THEIR HEARTS OUT TO MAKE THIS DAY POSSIBILE! IT IS ALSO VERY VERY NICE TO SEE THE PEOPLE OF YOUR COUNTRY SO ENGAGED IN CARING FOR EACH OTHER~I AM NOT KIDDING THAT I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES AT THE MOMENT~~ FOR ALL OF YOU AND FOR THE FACT THAT I MISS WHEN OUR COUNTRY[U.S.A.]CARED FOR EACH OTHER LIKE THAT. MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU IN CHILE~YOU ALL SPEAK TO THE WORLD AND GIVE NEW MEANING TO THE WORD "CLASS"!
Sitting here in sweden praying all goes well for all the miners.
God smiles...and i cry of joy for the reunited familys.
hug them for me 🙂
How wonderful ! Couldnt control my emotions as i saw the first miner coming out.GOD BLESS THEM.Was touched by the fact that the Chilean President and first lady was there in the middle of the night to greet them.Congratulations to the families and especially to the little girl Esperanza(hope)for to be able to see her father for the first time.
Chilean people are so humble. I lived there for five years and found it to be the most beautiful place that I've ever been to.
Everyone should experience Chile and her people.
But the difference between the rich and the poor is extreme. I'm sure all those miners are poor and now they have a chance to sell their stories and make some money.
Its a historic rescue op in the miners' history. Being a Singaporean, I remembered clearly when we hosted Ms Universe in May 1987 , Ms. Chile Cecillia Bolocco was crowned for that year. Is she feeling for the miners of the ordeal rescue in San Jose Mine ,Capiapo.? I do and was emotional when Florencio Avalos came out at 11.10 am Spore Time.
My wishes and congrats to the chileans for their tremendous, tedious and fragile effort..
To the miners – a warm welcome home, to the people of Chile – God bless you and your great nation, to the president of Chile – thank you for showing the world what leadership and compassion is in this time of world upheavals, to my countryman, the drillers who helped with the operation, Layne Christiansen Company in the United States, I salute you. Your science, expertise, determination and caring has given us American's something to be very proud about and moreso to remind all of us to keep hope alive.