Chilean Miner Rescue: Where to Follow Online

The world's attention is riveted on the continuing rescue mission of 33 miners who have been trapped in the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, with global Web traffic around 20 percent higher than normal, according to Akamai Technologies' Real-Time Web Monitor.

The first miner was pulled out shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Tuesday after spending more than two months trapped in the underground shaft, and more than a dozen others have been lifted to the surface.

CNN offers a live stream and a count with how many miners are still in the shaft.

According to Akamai's Net Usage Index for News, the Chilean mine rescue ranks among the top 5 news events since Akamai started tracking news-related Web traffic in 2005. Other events ahead of the Chilean mine rescue include several news events surrounding the World Cup, the longest-ever Wimbledon match in June and Barack Obama's presidential election victory in 2008. Web traffic in the United States peaked at midnight Wednesday morning, shortly after the first miner surfaced, with 2.7 million page views per minute, according to Akamai.

If you're one of the many people who can't get tear yourself away from this story of courage and survival, here is a list of some of the many places you can find live streams, blogs and Twitter updates to suit your needs.

Keep in mind your streaming experience may vary depending on your bandwidth and Internet service provider. Try out a few of these sites to find the stream that works best in your area.

Streaming Sites

CNN is offering a live stream that launches in a separate window. The 24-hour cable channel also has a clock showing the rescue mission's elapsed time and how many miners are left underground. CNN's news site is also offering a live blog and a special page featuring CNN's latest coverage of the operation.

The BBC's live stream includes video alongside a live blog of the mission that automatically updates with no need to refresh your page. The live blog is also mixing in relevant tweets in its coverage.

The Huffington Post has embedded a live stream courtesy of UStream along with live blog coverage of the rescue.

There are several other live video streams on UStream, including this feed from Chilean user dosmados who is broadcasting a Chilean news channel.

CBS News also has a live video feed available on UStream.

MSNBC also has a live feed that pops up in a separate window.

USA Today has a live video feed up on Livestream, and Reuters is offering a live blog along with another feed from Livestream.

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If you don't have the bandwidth for a video, the Guardian has a live blog that includes relevant links to other news sources.

The New York Times is continuously updating its front-page story on the miner rescue in real time along with photos.

The anonymous hordes at Wikipedia are hard at work updating the online encyclopedia in real time with news and information about the rescue. Wikipedia also has a chart with all the names, ages, nationalities and times that each trapped miner surfaces.

If you're just looking for Twitter updates then CNNBRK, CNN's Breaking News account, is live tweeting every rescue. You can also follow others' tweets about the operation by searching for the hashtag #fuerzamineros.

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