The Chile fire, started by rioting prisoners, has drawn fresh attention to the poor conditions, lack of guards, and gang violence rampant in Latin American jails.
For the first time in weeks, the Chile miners formerly trapped underground are not in the news. And that's good news for the men who want their lives to return to normal.
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera embraces rescued miner Luis Urzua, right, during a ceremony in La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, to honor the 33 miners who were trapped for over two months at the San Jose mine on Monday.
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The Chilean miners' ability to survive 17 days trapped underground without outside contact could spur future rescue missions to persevere when hope seems lost.
President Sebastian Piñera's government milked the Chile mine rescue as an opportunity to bolster the country's reputation as a safe place for investment.
The last of the 33 miners trapped underground for months has been brought to the surface in a joyous ending to the Chile mine rescue efforts.
Shortly after midnight on Oct. 13 in northern Chile (11:12 pm in New York City), Florencio Ávalos became the first of 33 miners to emerge from the Atacama Desert. An Aug. 5 cave-in blocked their exit from the gold and copper mine, and the trapped men were initially suspected dead when they were unable to contact the world for 17 days. Entombed a half-mile underground for a total of 69 days, the rescue mission united Chile, inspired the world, and succeeded in part because of the following five reasons.
Chile mine rescue updates are dominating worldwide headlines and lighting up social media as people share their excitement about the mission.