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March 11, 2011 at 02:07 PM EST

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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