Jimmy Kimmel tweeting from tsunami zone


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Jimmy Kimmel’s vacation to the South Pacific took a frightening turn after a 8.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Japan sent ripples throughout the Pacific. Tsunami warnings were in effect throughout the region, including Hawaii. The ABC funnyman tweeted constant updates from French Polynesia, where he said he was glued to the coverage on CNN. “Suddenly, relaxing on an island in the South Pacific isn’t so relaxing anymore. Good thing I brought my aqua stilts,” he posted early this morning. When asked how scared he was on a scale of 1-10, Kimmel tweeted, “a good solid 7. on a small island, with no high ground.”

Kimmel continued to post, as followers conveyed their concern: “thanks again for the concern — I am now worried others will worry if I don’t tweet — but if I don’t, don’t.”

UPDATE: At 9:40 a.m. E.T., Kimmel tweeted, “we are evacuating the island. dogspeed.”

UPDATE II: At 3:43 p.m. E.T., Kimmel announced that any immediate threat had passed, tweeting, “We are back, officially ‘unevacuated’. Thanks for your kind words. It was scary. Best wishes to our friends in Japan and all affected.”

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  • Rois, 19

    That tsunami is so scary. We could only contact my brother in Japan via Facebook.

    • etm

      It is very scary. I hope your brother is safe.

  • Magnitude

    Did somebody say Magnitude? POP POP!!!!

    • Jen

      lol, love those Community references

      • Jack

        Yes, so incredibly appropriate. /

    • M Pietrzyk

      8.9 was the big one , had 125 quakes last few days, 80+ from this mornings quake on

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  • Playerknitter

    Thinking of you!! Stay safe we love you!!

  • Tia

    It’s interesting that Facebook and twitter have become so relevant. So many of my friends were without phone/cell service and the only way we got information was through facebook.

    • Jen

      i think it’s great. I was able to know almost immediately that my friend who lives in Tokoyo was ok after the quake. it’s a good info sharing system.

    • Naya

      Really? What’s wrong with e-mail?

      • Quirky

        Are you going to e-mail every single person in your address book when something bad happens? With Twitter and Facebook you update one single site that anyone checking up on you can see.

  • K

    Good thing he’s got the forewarning, time, and resources to evacuate. I’ve watched a couple videos of the tsunami striking Japan and it’s just horrifying to see people trying to get away in their cars, but you know they’re just not going fast enough and they’re going to get swept away…I can only hope they survived, but I really don’t know how realistic that is. Whole houses being swept across fields amid burning debris…how awful. I’ve been on the verge of tears for a while now.

  • ERIC

    Two unfunny things: Making light of the tsunami and Jimmy Kimmel all in one article.

  • fred warring

    Thank god Jimmy is okay. I wouldn’t know what I would do if anything every happened to him!

    • Pippa

      I know! How would this world survive?

  • Jude10

    Oh thank heaven. A smart a– celebrity is okay while so many others are suffering and don’t have the means to evacuate.

    • Kevin

      Go tend to them then, instead of wasting your time reading about smart-ss celebrities on an entertainment website.

    • jk

      I’m pretty sure Jimmy Kimmel’s life isn’t any more or less important than anyone else’s. It’s terrible that so many people have died today, but it’s kind of creepy for you to begrudge him for being okay. There are plenty of non-celebrities in Japan who were lucky enough to not be in the path of the tsunami, let’s just be glad that many people are okay.

  • Seth Galifianakis

    I hope Timmy Kimbles is going to be okay

  • Nessart2010

    Would someone please make an honest woman out of that rich & beautiful 33 year old lawyer who keeps posting here?

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  • Scarlett

    Die, Jimmy, die!!

  • tomm

    Only spoiled snarnky young American kids make jokes about disasters, or say “Who cares?”

  • Summer Bay

    Exactly Tomm! didn’t you know it only counts as a disaster if it happens in America or if Americans are hurt, it’s sadly typical from such a insular country.

    • TM

      You hit the nail on the head. And when something genuinely bad happens here, lot of Americans forget that people all over the world experience even worse conditions daily. Doesn’t negate a disaster here, but some perspective and humility would help.

  • deedeedragons

    That’s a bit harsh! but i kind of get what you’re saying don’t only 30% of Americans have passports of something?

  • Jed

    How this guy still has a job/show on ABC is still baffling to me.

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