Trapped Chilean Miners Have A Window To The World That Is 3.18 Inches Wide

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Men work on a pipe used to be in touch with 33 trapped miners at the San Jose collapsed mine near Copiapo, Chile. Roberto Candia/AP Photo hide caption

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Near Copiapo, Chile, the Schramm T-130 probe — the so-called "Plan B" drill — has reached 33 miners who have been trapped underground since early August.

According to the BBC, "it will take weeks for the 630m (2,060ft) deep hole to be redrilled to allow the miners to be pulled out."

The width will need to be about 60cm (28in). It is hoped the men can be freed by early November.

If you haven't seen the most-recent Newsweek, check out an article called "Surviving the Darkness," which details "how 33 trapped Chilean miners can beat the danger of living without sunlight." (In fact, 32 of the miners are Chilean. One man, Carlos Mamani, is Bolivian.)

It is accompanied by an amazing infographic that illustrates how small the 3.19-inch supply line really is. That conduit is used to send canisters containing food, water, vitamins and more, to the men.

Newsweek details what the miners have received so far, including bottled water, toothbrushes, waterproof shoes, Vitamin D supplements, cameras and phones, and soccer jerseys.



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