Miners Rescue Mission Captures UK Internet Surge

Internet usage increased by 26 per cent last week as people watched online videos of Chilean miners being rescued from the mine, according to data released by UK Internet Service Provider (ISP) Demon.

Overall, internet usage increased by 22 per cent on the day when the miners were supposed to be rescued.

On 5 August, due to a mining accident, 33 Chilean miners were found to be trapped hundreds of feet underground. A story which has gripped the attention of the world over the past 7 weeks, as rescuers struggled to find a way to bring back the trapped miners.

On 13 October, the world waited and watched as the first miner Florencio Avalos reached the surface and was greeted by the Chilean president, his family and the rest of the world. The rescue operation took 22 hours and every trapped Chilean miner was rescued.

News portals and channels all over the world set up live feeds to broadcast the rescue operation, which drew hundreds of people online to watch it, resulting in a surge of internet usage.

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