Insight into the world's most recent natural disaster is coming from an unexpected source—American Idol veteran Elliott Yamin.
The season five finalist survived a massive 8.8 earthquake in Chile early Saturday morning following a performance nearly 90 miles away from the quake's epicenter in Viña del Mar, and took to Twitter to document the horrific event.
"Huge earthquake just now in Chile!!....I swear I thought this was the end of my life!!!!!" Yamin tweeted. "Complete and utter choas on the streets...no power...my heart is beatin outta my chest!....tsunami warnin...I am only a mile inland!"
Unbeknownst to the singer, various national news outlets, such as CNN and NBC's Today show, took notice, using his updates as a means of inside access into the tragedy.