John freaked out as soon as the shaking began, which is a normal reaction when the ground beneath your feet tries to murder you. He ran from room to room like a chicken with its head cut off ... that was also caught in the middle of an earthquake in Haiti. Luckily, before John had a chance to run out the front door, his brother ordered him to stay put underneath the door frame.
The door frame the brothers crouched under. The annex can be seen immediately to the left of the door frame, still standing.
On the right, the edge of the main building, crushed.
John watched as an avalanche of debris slid right past them. The hotel and its annex were perched on the mountainside, and tons of concrete were sent roaring down the slope. Had John run out the door, he'd have been surfing a wave of rubble all the way to Valhalla, which only sounds awesome in theory. To this day, John agonizes over alternate scenarios. "What if my brother and I had gone out, like we intended to?" he asks. "What would have happened to us then?" Considering the death toll of the Haitian earthquake, those are some pretty easily answered hypothetical questions.