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elliott yamin chile earthquake twitter 'American Idol's' Elliott Yamin tweets from Chile during earthquake: 'I swear I thought this was the end of my life!!!!!'A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 hit off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning (Feb. 27). And “American Idol” season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin was tweeting from the country during the horrible disaster.

The “Idol” contender first tweeted: “Huge earthquake just now in Chile!!….I swear I thought this was the end of my life!!!!!”

]]>[Bleep]!!!!!! I take it all back everybody!!….I just escaped w my life,from an 8.3 earthquake!!!…is everybody ok?…where was the epicener?“ “Complete and utter choas on the streets…no power…my heart is beatin outta my chest!….tsunami warnin…I am only a mile inland!“ “Hey everybody…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.” “Oh [bleep]!!..here come some more aftershox….sweet jesus,and baby jesus!!

The earthquake is the largest to strike the country since a record-shattering 9.5 quake hit Chile in May 1960. The quake reportedly killed 1,655 people, according to CNN. A tsunami warning was reportedly issued for Chile and Peru shortly after the earthquake struck, though Yamin tweets: “Whoa!!…my bro just informed me that cnn is relayin my tweets!!…please knw that we r safe, and there is currently no threat of a tsunami.“ Yamin traveled to Chile to perform this week in the Vina del Mar International Song Festival. The singer became a household name during the fifth season of “American Idol” when he placed third behind runner-up Katharine McPhee and winner Taylor Hicks. Watch Elliott sing “Rock Around The Clock” in this video from the festival which was posted Feb. 25 on MJ’s Big Blog.

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[UPDATE: A previous verison of this post referred to the festival as the Competencia Internacional in ViƱa del Mar.]

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