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24 August 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:14am

In pictures: the Chilean mining incident

33 Chilean miners will be trapped underground for over 120 days while an escape hole is drilled thro

By Nick Petrie

The men have been trapped since 5 August, when the main access tunnel to their work site collapsed. They are located about 700 metres vertically underground, seven kilometres (4.5 miles) inside the winding mine.

Here are pictures from the scenes nearby.

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Romina Gómez writes a letter to be sent through a drill to her father, the miner Mario Gómez.

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Relatives of the men trapped in the San José gold and copper mine in Copiapó cheer after receiving confirmation that all 33 had survived.

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Relatives of the men trapped in the San José gold and copper mine in Copiapó, 800 kilometres north of Santiago, celebrate with the Chilean senator Isabel Allende (centre, in white shirt and dark jacket) as a new drilling machine arrives at the site on 23 August.

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Workers instal the drilling machine at the San José mine.

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A relative of a trapped miner waits for news outside San José site.

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Picture of a banner with portraits of the 33 trapped miners.

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The Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera, displays a message from the men underground reading: “We are fine in the refuge, the 33 of us.”