'American Idol' Elliott Yamin's Chile quake terror: 'I shed a few tears. It was pretty emotional'

elliot-yamin-chili-earthquake.jpg"American Idol" season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin talked to ABC News on Saturday (Feb. 27) about his experience during the 8.8 earthquake in Concepcion.

Yamin had just returned to his hotel after a performance and was sitting at his desk, on his computer when the quake started. 

"Out of nowhere, the rumbling started," Elliott recalled. "At first it was more kind of a swaying back and forth and then it was a real kind of fast gyrating and shaking."

He was on the sixth floor of his hotel and quickly ran out to the hallway and found his way to the staircase.

"I thought it was a 6 or 7," he said of the quake's strength. "The shaking and swaying of the building and the rumble, it was so significant. I didn't know if I was going to make it downstairs, i was so high up."