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Chilean miner Florencio Avalos reaches the surface

2010-10-13 04:20:14 GMT2010-10-13 12:20:14 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoistedto safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in this October 13, 2010 handout photo. Reuters

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by his wife Monica as President Sebastian Pinera waits, after he reached the surface as the first of the 33trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in this October 13, 2010 handout photo. Reuters photo

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoistedto safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in this October 13, 2010 handout photo. Reuters

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos reaches the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in thisOctober 13, 2010 handout photo.

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoistedto safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in this October 13, 2010 handout photo.

The 33 trapped miners began the trip of nearly half a mile through solid rock in a shaft just wider than a man's shoulders on Tuesday night, as their two month ordeal after a cave-in draws to an end.

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