Elliot Yamin Survives Chile Earthquake
Singer Elliot Yamin was in Chile when an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit the nation early Saturday, February 27.
The American Idol Season 5 finalist was in Vina del Mar, Chile representing the United States for the city’s annual Festival Internacional de la Cancion de Vina del Mar, Latin America’s largest music festival. He sang Rock Around the Clock.
Hours after he performed a Twitter message came from the entertainer saying that a huge earthquake just hit Chile. “I swear I thought this was the end of my life!!!!!” He said that power was cut and together with his crew, he went outside of their hotel wrapped in blankets. Yamin was staying at a sixth floor room. Three minutes later, the ground was shaking again.
The airport in Santiago, the capital, was closed after a tarmac was reduced into rubbles. Yamin was hoping to fly home Sunday as he is running out of insulin. He is a type 1 diabetic.
One of his twitter messages said that they experienced around 30 aftershocks while on their way to the next nearest airport.
Yamin‘s twitter messages were used and monitored by CNN on its coverage of the earthquake.