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American Idol: Elliott Yamin Survives Earthquake in Chile

March 01, 2010 11:00 AM by Nancy Floyd


The world was stunned to witness the devastation of an 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday, but American Idol fans will be relieved to know that season five runner-up, Elliott Yamin is among the survivors! The singer, in Chile for a music festival, has been tweeting about the chaos, destruction, and fear that’s been surrounding him…

American Idol‘s Elliott Yamin is among the lucky ones. The singer was on the sixth floor of his hotel in Chile when the 8.8-scale quake shook the nation. Almost immediately after, the American Idol alum tweeted, ”Huge earthquake just now in Chile!!..I swear this was the end of my life! F***!!!!..I just escaped with my life.”

Yamin also tweeted, ”Complete and utter choas on the streets…no power…my heart is beatin outta my chest!….tsunami warnin…I am only a mile inland.” CNN began reporting the American Idol star’s tweets as part of their earthquake coverage. Fortunately for fans, Yamin later reported that he was safe via Twitter. “We r totally safe and sound 4 the time being…I’m finally calmer, and dawn is approaching,which will help!..thx 4 ur prayers…I’m totally calm now….were all 2gether…got blankets from our rooms, and we’re all hudled on the street..no aftershox in a while,” the star tweeted.

The former American Idol contestant spoke to ABC News about his experience with the earthquake, which is reportedly among the strongest ones on record. ”I’m doing OK, all things considered,” Yamin told ABC. ”It was a real fast, gyrating kind of shaking…I haven’t been in an earthquake like that since I was a kid. I didn’t even know if I was going to make it downstairs.” The singer also admitted that he “was pretty emotional” and “shed a few tears.”

Yamin and his band were fortunate to be in Vina del Mar, for the Vina del Mar International Song Festival, when the massive quake hit. According to Yamin, there was ”no immediate destruction” in the area.

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