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Hector Tobar's 'Deep Down Dark' chronicles Chile's mine-shaft miracle
Hector Tobar's 'Deep Down Dark' chronicles Chile's mine-shaft miracle

Perhaps only the most determined recluse could have remained unaware of the drama that played out four years ago on the deserts of northern Chile. Readers will recall the incredible story of 33 miners trapped deep under ground after a massive explosion blocked their escape. For more than two weeks in August 2010, no one aboveground knew if any of the miners had survived the catastrophe. Seventeen days later, rescuers withdrew a drill they'd used to bore a narrow hole into the mine's emergency chamber, nearly a half-mile below. As the drill bit was hoisted from the shaft, officials and workers were astonished to find a note taped to its tip. "We are well in the...

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