A massive earthquake hit Chile this morning (February 27, 2010), and former American Idol contestant Elliott Yamin was right in the middle of it – having visited the country on tour, he used Twitter to convey some very real terror from the earthquake and its aftershocks, as well as his dire need for insulin. [Source: “Orlando Sentinel – The TV Guy.” Orlando Sentinel Blogs – OrlandoSentinel.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2010. .]
As you will recall, Elliott Yamin was the American Idol contestant who placed third in season 5, and who has since had several popular singles, including “Wait for You” and “Fight for Love”. [Source: “Elliott Yamin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2010. .] Yamin continues to tour and perform and, unfortunately for him, was in Chile this morning (February 27, 2010), when a massive earthquake struck that country. Yamin became a valuable imbedded amateur reporter by tweeting the events, including his lack of insulin. Here are some of the highlights from Elliott Yamin’s Twitter feed (you can read them all at: http://twitter.com/elliottyamin]:
His first tweet regareding the Chile earthquake: [Expletive]!!!!!! I take it all back everybody!!….I just escaped w my life,from an 8.3 earthquake!!!…is everybody ok?…where was the epicener?
His early tweets convey the histeria of the earthquake’s immediate aftermath: Complete and utter choas on the streets…no power…my heart is beatin outta my chest!….tsunami warnin…I am only a mile inland!
Later tweets refer to his live conversations on TV networks and mention the aftershocks. Eventually, Yamin realizes that as a diabetic he might be in a truly dangerous situation: Imma Type 1 diabetic, and was sppsd 2 leave sunday.I only packed enuf insulin pump supplies 2 last til then….airports r closed!
If you want to understand what it feels like to be inside the Chile earthquake that happened just this morning, do yourself a favor and read Elliott Yamin’s entire twitter stream at: http://twitter.com/elliottyamin.
Hopefully, Yamin will receive the insulin supply he needs soon, and make it safely back to the states. It is still too early to comprehend the full effects of the Chile earthquake, but it is certain that thousands of people are in circumstances even more dire than those of Elliott Yamin. Let’s hope that aid arrives soon.
“Elliott Yamin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2010. .
“Orlando Sentinel – The TV Guy.” Orlando Sentinel Blogs – OrlandoSentinel.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2010. .
Twitter Feed for Elliott Yamin. http://twitter.com/elliottyamin. Web 27 Feb. 2010.