Edison Pena, one of the rescued Chilean miners, ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday, and finished in under six hours, his personal goal. Meanwhile, he stole the show and reveled in the media spotlight.
As with most stories in Latin America, once the novelty wears off few will continue to pay attention to Chile, or mining, or the region as a whole. The history of mining and mine safety, throughout the Third World and even in the United States, is one of lax safety standards, multiple deaths and rural poverty. With the more-developed-world's endless appetite for minerals and metals, there is much work to be done to make mines safe for miners in China, India, the nations of Africa and elsewhere.
To read about the marathon: http://marathon.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/into-the-sunlight-and-onto-the-streets-of-new-york-the-miner-perseveres/?ref=global-home
To see what's new in U.S. mine safety: http://www.msha.gov/