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There is still a sense of optimism and elation at the entrance to the San Jose copper mine in Copiapo in northern Chile.

Relatives of the 33 miners, who are trapped below, are celebrating the simple fact that their loved ones are alive after 19 days underground.

But it is an optimism tempered by realism. There is a growing acknowledgment that it will be months, not days or weeks, before this rescue operation is over.