A timeline of events surrounding the Chile mine collapse.
Chile mine collapse timeline
Aug. 5: The San Jose mine in northern Chile collapses, trapping 33 miners 2,300 feet underground. The men take shelter in a “refuge” room.
Aug. 6: Rescue efforts begin, with officials only knowing how many miners are affected.
Aug. 22: A probe reaches the refuge, and the miners send a message that says, “The 33 of us are doing well in the shelter.” (“Estamos bien en el refugio los 33.”)
Aug. 23: A second probe reaches the miners; this one can provide food and water. So far the miners have lived on emergency supplies in the shelter. Officials estimate it could take three to four months to rescue the miners.
Aug. 24: NASA and Chilean navy experts are called to offer advice about the psychological impact of being in a confined space for a long period of time.
Aug. 25: The miners ask for playing cards, crucifixes and other items.
Aug. 26: A video camera sent into the refuge provides the first footage of the miners. They send messages to their families.
Aug. 29: Each miner speaks with his family for 20 seconds.
Sept. 9: The miners film a three-minute video and show what their lives are like in the shelter.
Sept. 17: A rescue drill reaches the shelter. However, it’s only 12 inches wide at this point.
Oct. 9: The hole is made wide enough to fit the rescue device.
Oct. 12: Rescue operations begin; first miner is rescued.
Oct. 13: Rescue operations continue; at 1 p.m. EDT, more than half of the miners - 17 of the 33 - were brought to the surface. All the miners were rescued by about 11:30 p.m. EDT.