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‘It looked like a war zone’: Business owners on Main Street in Magna picking up the pieces as aftershocks continue

Posted at 10:28 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 00:28:23-04

MAGNA, Utah — As the aftershocks continue, so does the cleanup after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Magna Wednesday.

Magna's Main Street was hit particularly hard. Some places fared better than others.

The shop We Witches 3 was one of the lucky ones, co-owner, Tiffany Irvin, said.

“That’s beyond luck, that’s very fortunate. I wish everyone here could be as lucky,” she said.

The witch shop only suffered a couple hundred dollars’ worth of damage. While they may feel lucky, it’s tough to see what the quake has done to this community, Irvin said.

“Trying to keep social distancing from people when earthquakes happen, that’s worse than kicking people when they are down,” she said.

As of Saturday morning, around 77 people had reported earthquake damage, according to Trent Sorenson, Chief Building Official for the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District.

Main Street looked like a war zone Wednesday, and people were scared, We Witches 3 co-owner C.J. Withers said.

“Everybody is just really nervous, but we’ve gotten to where we are starting to calm down,” she said.

We Witches 3 is back open for business.

“I wouldn’t say we are a traditional shop that caters to just witchcraft,” Withers said. The shop offers everything from herbs to readings.

“Our apothecary is for magical purposes, not for medical purposes,” she said.

They are struggling like most businesses because of the COVID-19 pandemic and now the earthquake.

If you suffered earthquake damage, you can all 385-468-6723 or visit If you need assistance or would like to help, you can contact the American Red Cross.