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August 27th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

'Plan B' For Trapped Miners: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, simply remarkable pictures from deep underground. 33 Chilean miners, alive, but now, for the first time, they're also fully aware that they could be down here until Christmas. Unless a new 'Plan B' can get them out sooner. Plus, five years after Katrina, an up close look at how Habitat from Humanity volunteers are helping rebuild the city.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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  1. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson and Blogger –
    Happy Friday!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Excellent report Chad! This clearly explains some of the questions we've all been asking about drilling a larger hole. Lots of rock to contend with...WOW!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Paula, Colorado

    The Chile video is amazing. I hope the miners are able to stay strong throughout the coming weeks.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Kenya

    Friday night the chat is running! Hellooo!!
    Gosh I would become claustrophobic. Bless those miners.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Dan

    Good thing they are set on food/water, thanks for clarifying that 🙂

    August 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I know when people go through basic training for the military they go through mental tests in case of isolation or capture to help them, I think they may need to do the same for miners for cases like this along with their basic training

    August 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It is important that the men can move around or they could develop blood clots or some other serious conditions.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    What an emotional and physical challenge. It makes me squirm watching the video.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Chris

    I hope the miners can hang on. It's good physicians can get medicine to them for anxiety, depression, etc., should they need it. It's great that they have access to other big tunnels; hearing that is a big relief.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    They need to send a four months supply of oxygen food and water down there in case something goes wrong .

    August 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Dan, they did send some liquid – diet, gellies and some sugar water.

    They also advised the miners to eat light but eat at more intervals through out the day and to make sure that they gain no weight!

    Chile has got more mines compared to any other country on an average and more earth quakes. Usually they are well prepared, but this mine seems to be an exception.

    The built a full power company back in 3 months after the earth quake

    August 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Dan!
    Good point there, They have food already...... they are great alive. They will send some food as well.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Samantha Rowley – Nashville, TN, "My understanding is that the current hole is not wide enough to pull them up and it may not be a hole that goes straight down."

    I considered that. Even if they could make it large enough for a man to fit through it may not be, as you say, "straight down", but it might be something they may have to consider.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Lynn-Meriden,Ct

    My prayers are with them.Hoping they are out sooner than4 months.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Nina

    Chris
    Some of the miners are large and need to lose weight because if they punch too large a hole in the ceiling of that tavern, it could collapse.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Dan

    Why dont they send food through the same tube they sent the camera thru?

    August 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  17. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone.

    It's good to see the chilean miners in good spirits and condition 3 weeks after they were trappped. Thank you for that very thorough look at how they are managing the situation. How will additional food and medical provisions be supplied to them and how or what communication system will be put in place?

    August 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  18. cicly

    hey anderson; listened to your special tonight at 8pm, on katrina. i say listened 'cause it was hard to watch, like it was when it happened, but i firmly believe it had to revisited in all its' gruesome reality... amazing rescue underway for those brave miners trapped for over two weeks. the whole world, it seems is praying for their safe return to their families.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Nina

    These miners are so strong and coping well. My hats off to these men! I am so impressed by their strength!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yup, Bloggers.... We do love best Jazz music in the house! 🙂 Sounds great to me!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Laura in Canada

    Hello AC & bloggers. So glad AC is back (and not a Fri recap show 😉
    The spirit shown by the miners thus far is amazing!
    Glenn Beck after the commercial break and I pre-cringing!
    Thanks for returning to NOLA!
    PS. I loved seeing The Edge & Harry Connick Jr last night!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  22. Di

    Has the mining industry changed at all? With prices for minerals so high these days, one would hope that at least some of the profits would be used to keep the miners safe.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @ Jo Ann
    My understanding is that the current hole is not wide enough to pull them up and it may not be a hole that goes straight down. I guess the longer it takes to get to them tells me that the mine has some weak areas that are prone to collapse.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Chris

    @JoAnn,
    They need a path to the men that's 24 inches in diameter or more to pull them out one at a time. Creating that is what will take so long. The camera and other things are going down a route that is very small in diameter.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Neville Smith

    Hey everyone, Just taking a few min here to say i hope that the law makes the company pay for their ignorance in following the rules. Shame on them. I send my love out to the miners and i hope they stay strong!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @JoAnn-'This may sound stupid, but if they can send a camera down why can't they pull miners out the same way, one at a time?'

    I believe they have a small hole where they can communicate with the miners but when they start digging there is going to be so much debris that they have to clear it before they can continue digging so the hole they dug cannot close back up

    August 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Calvin

    These men shouldn't be trapped any way, it's the mine company's fault.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Robert Stroney, "Pipe Music into Miner hole – this will comfort them at night."

    That is an excellent idea!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    So wonderful Anderson to highlight these great musicians on each show!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  30. Lori, CA

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone! It is great to see Anderson!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Robert Stroney

    Pipe Music into Miner hole – this will comfort them at night. The miners have indicated they hear working personnel above.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  32. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Why cant American mine company's help with there equipment .

    August 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This may sound stupid, but if they can send a camera down why can't they pull miners out the same way, one at a time?

    August 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  34. Francisco

    What is the big deal that conservative broadcaster, Glenn Beck is holding a rally on the exact same steps where the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s, "I have a dream " speech took place. In my opinion, this is only a big deal because it is a caucasian/republican that is organizing it and there might be a majority of white people and that is not good. What is our country becoming.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  35. lisal -canada

    i am quite sure that i would be terrified if i was down in the mine – may their spiritual leader also receive strength and spiritual guidance to keep the men calm and safe

    August 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, David G, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie,) Lori, (Adelaide,) BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday Night!!!!
    Couldn't wait forward this weekend!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Bloggers,
    Yes, There are have plan b what next for men...... I hope they will get out soon, I think they will get out by Christmas.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    These men are paying a terrible price for fuel. Just like the BP leak, why aren't there any plans on how they would get miners out if something like this should happen at this depth?

    August 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Hopefully plan b works and they will be out sooner than 4 months

    August 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  40. Robert Stroney

    Where is the International Aid re: these miners? What about large construction companies world wide to help Chile?

    August 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  41. Nicole The Netherlands

    Hi Everyone, AC bloggers!
    Those miners, i would lose my mind.. But so good they are still alive!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  42. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    So cool that they could send a video camera to capture their lives in captivity and they seem to be fine (or as well as could be expected). It's odd to think about them so deep below the earth as we move about on and above the earth.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  43. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Its great that these trapped miners are keeping their spirits high and are keeping the faith while in this mess. Thankfully they also have things that are keeping them alive and their minds busy

    August 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I would go nuts and it will be 100 times the "cast away" for me, even with fellow miners along there with me.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This Chilean mine disaster is unbelievable! Those poor men, possibly trapped because corners were cut.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  46. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    good evening everyone!

    Did not know the chat was running tonight! just came on board to see we are on tonight

    August 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  47. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Greetings

    August 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! Happy Friday. It's great to see you on from New Orleans once again.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  49. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    August 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Hello Anderson and fellow bloggers!

    My prayers go out to the trapped miners in Chile. Hopefully, there's a Plan B, Plan C...to Plan Z with as many ideas they can come up with to rescue these men.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
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