Yamin later spoke to a number of morning news programs, including 'Good Morning America,' 'Today' and CNN.
"The building was swaying back and forth, as was my room," Yamin -- who was in his hotel at the time of the earthquake -- told CNN. "Things were starting to fall off of the wall. The lights were starting to flicker on and off, and then that swaying very abruptly turned into ... a very violent shake."
"I just feel very lucky to have sought out safety," he added.