Chile, August 2010
On August 5, 2010, 33 miners were trapped more than 2,000 miles underground when a copper mine collapsed in Chile. A 622-metre shaft was drilled to reach the miners. A capsule brought the miners up one-by-one 69 days after the collapse.
Read more about the Chilean Mine Rescue here.
China, April 2010
In April, 2010, the Wangjialong mine in Shanxi Province, China began to flood. 153 miners were trapped underground. After 8 days, rescuers successfully reached the trapped workers. 115 miners survived the event.
Peru, April 2012
9 miners were trapped underground when a mine collapsed in Peru in April, 2012. A tube, which was snaked underground, provided trapped miners with means of communication, food, water, and oxygen. Initial rescue efforts were slowed due to a cave-in. All 9 miners were rescued after 6 days underground.
Russia, October 2003
64 miners were trapped in a Russian mine when an underground lake flooded a mine shaft in October 2003. After 6 days, rescuers successfully reached the workers. 11 were brought out alive in a lift.
Pennsylvania, July 2002
In July 2002, the Quecreek Coal Mine in Pennsylvania flooded with water. A 240-foot shaft was drilled to provide oxygen to the trapped miners, which maintained an air pocket and pressurized the chamber as water was being pumped out. After 4-days, the same shaft is used to transport the men out safely.
Australia, April 2006
In April 2006, a small earthquake caused a rock fall at a gold mine in Australia. 3 underground workers are trapped. After 14 days spent underground, 2 surviving workers were brought to the surface by rescuers.
Quebec, Canada, May 2015
9 miners are trapped underground when seismic activity resulted in a collapse at a gold miner in Quebec, Canada in May 2015. All 9 workers were rescued after 18 hours spent underground.