Former ‘Idol’ Elliott Yamin Survives Chile Earthquake

by | February 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM | TV News

Former American Idol Elliott Yamin survived the Chile earthquake.  (Neilson Barnard , Getty Images)

Former American Idol Elliott Yamin survived the Chile earthquake. (Neilson Barnard , Getty Images)


Former ‘American Idol’ favorite Elliott Yamin survived the enormous earthquake in Chile.

Yamin, who was in Chile for the he Vina del Mar International Song Festival, was among the millions severely shaken when the magnitude 8.8 quake hit early Saturday morning.

“Huge earthquake just now in Chile!!..I swear this was the end of my life!” he Tweeted early Saturday as the quake hit. “F*ck!!!!..I just escaped with my life.”

“Complete and utter choas on the streets…no power…my heart is beatin outta my chest!….tsunami warnin…I am only a mile inland,” Yamin wrote.

As reports of death and devastation took over the news, Yamin reported that he was safe.

“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..”

Chile’s President Michele Bachelet declared a “state of catastrophe” in his country.

Tsunami warnings were issued over a wide area, including South America, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands.

Yamin also spoke with ABC News.

“I’m doing OK, all things considered,” he said.

“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.” Despite his apparent calm, Yamin admitted he “was pretty emotional.”