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Saturday, February 27, 2010

UPDATE: Elliott Yamin escapes injury in Chilean earthquake

By BRYAN DeVASHER


RICHMOND, Va. — Former “American Idol” finalist and Richmond resident Elliott Yamin escaped injury this morning when a massive earthquake struck Chile.
Interviewed by telephone on NBC’s “Today” show this morning, Yamin recounted the moment the earthquake struck and said some calm had returned to the area.
“It felt very surreal,“ Yamin said. “One minute I’m on the computer typing away and the next there was a very abrupt shaking and rumbling.“ The hotel in which he was staying “was really shaking,“ the singer added.
Yamin said that having lived in Los Angeles he was familiar with earthquakes and tremors and immediately headed to the doorway of his sixth-floor room, trying to alert neighbors who may have been in their rooms.
“I was shouting out to anyone who would listen,“ Yamin said, 
Yamin said he was staying about a mile and a half from the coast. “Things are relatively calmer now,“ he said in the interview broadcast shortly after 8 a.m.
Yamin, who is in Viña del Mar for a music festival, began posting messages on Twitter almost immediately after the quake struck at 1:34 a.m. EST. Viña del Mar is about 350 miles north of the epicenter.
“Huge earthquake just now in Chile!!....I swear I thought this was the end of my life!!!!!” he tweeted just moments after the quake hit.
“I just escaped w my life, from an 8.3 earthquake!!!...is everybody ok?” read another message.
The quake, originally reported as magnitude 8.3, was later upgraded to magnitude 8.8. The quake shook the capital, Santiago, for a minute and half and set off a tsunami, the Associated Press reported.
Yamin described the chaotic scene in Viña del Mar, a coastal city best known as a tourist destination, in the aftermath of the quake.
“Complete and utter choas on the streets…no power…my heart is beatin outta my chest!....tsunami warnin…I am only a mile inland!” he tweeted
Later, Yamin said he and others from his hotel found refuge in the streets, huddling together with blankets from their rooms.
“I’m totally calm now” he messaged.
That calm, however, was short-lived as fears about possible tsunamis began to spread.
“Attn cnn/world: we r worried from ur reports of a tsunami, yet no warning sirens have sounded yet!...the army here is advising us 2 stay put,” Yamin tweeted about 4:30 a.m.
Scott Yamin, the singer’s brother, has been keeping in touch with Elliott via text message, although the battery in the singer’s cell phone is getting low. Scott Yamin said he was relaying information from CNN about the quake to his brother, as well as fielding media inquiries about him.
Elliot Yamin is in Chile for the Competencia Internacional, the country’s largest music festival. He represented the United States in the competition, singing “Rock Around the Clock.”

Elliott Yamin tweets about earthquake

sorry..network/power/phn down all day..we were all bussed from vina del mar 2 santiago...just arrived safely!..happy 2 b alive!..prayers!!
my thoughts and prayers go out 2 all victims/fams.seeing images of the devastation 4 1st time NOW..we were so lucky!..stay tuned & G-D bless

wow!!..a bit emotional as i am seeing for the first time since the quake hit, exactly what we endured!.just gettn situated, then gonna (cont
 cont'd) then gonna start makin my rounds to the other news outlets who r requesting my personal accounts..far more people r worse off.. 

Elliott spoke to NBC about Chile Earthquake


Elliott Yamin singing Rock Around the Clock in Competencia Internacional in Viña del Mar, Chile, the largest music festival

Elliott Yamin was treated like an amateur at the (LI International Song Festival of Viña del Mar)

After having a platinum record to be treated in such matter is insulting. I don't think that Elliott Yamin will ever do that again. He is too good for that!

Earthquake aside, the Competencia Internacional appearance was not all positive for Elliott. According to tweets from earlier in the night, Elliott described the concert as "an awful experience" and an "incredibly huge waste of time," while complaining of "being treated like an amateur."  

Elliott Yamin, ‘American Idol’ Finalist, Tweets From Chilean Quake | Access Hollywood - Celebrity News, Photos

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Elliott Yamin in Chile During Earthquake

Elliott Yamin in Chile During Earthquake

Yamin later spoke to a number of morning news programs, including 'Good Morning America,' 'Today' and CNN.

"The building was swaying back and forth, as was my room," Yamin -- who was in his hotel at the time of the earthquake -- told CNN. "Things were starting to fall off of the wall. The lights were starting to flicker on and off, and then that swaying very abruptly turned into ... a very violent shake."

"I just feel very lucky to have sought out safety," he added.

Former Idol Star "Escaped With My Life" From Chile Earthquake

Credit: Jordin Althaus/WireImage.com
Former American Idol contestant Elliott Yamin was one of millions to survive Saturday's massive 8.8-scale earthquake in the South American nation of Chile.
"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."
Yamin, who finished third on season five of Idol, is in the country for the Vina del Mar International Song Festival.
CNN actually began reporting on the singer's Tweets as part of its coverage of the disaster.
"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.
A while later, he assured followers, "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.."
Yamin later spoke with ABC News. "I'm doing OK, all things considered," he said, explaining that he was on the sixth floor of his hotel when the quake struck.
"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 star confessed that he "shed a few tears. I was pretty emotional."
He added gratefully that "no immediate destruction" was apparent in Vina del Mar, where he and his band were staying.
The earthquake's epicenter was near Concepion, Chile's second largest city, 200 miles southeast of the capital, Santiago.

SANTIAGO, Chile major airport closed

SANTIAGO, Chile major airport closed for 72 hours. The runaway is okay but not the building.

Let us all pray for Elliott Yamin still in Chile

Elliott Yamin got out of his hotel and is safe right now. He had a interview with CNN a few moments ago over the his cell phone. He will be on Today show at 8am est. We need to continue to pray for him that he gets out of Chile safe. Elliott tweeted: Imma Type 1 diabetic, and was sppsd 2 leave sunday.

SANTIAGO, Chile - A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, collapsing buildings, killing at least 16 people and downing phone lines. Tsunami warnings were issued over a wide area,

Monday, February 22, 2010

Elliottt Yamin's Tweeter about arriving in Chile

Just arrived in Chile!.on my way 2 Vina Del Mar.so excited 2 b here 4 an entire week yall!!..can't wait 2 perform and experience the culture.

Let us pray for his safety and for God's total protection.

Friday, February 19, 2010