AFTER the first series of shocks between July 5 and 9 (see NATURE of July 30, p. 203), in which buildings were badly cracked in Paliad and Botad though no lives were lost, further tremors have been recorded, and it was reported from Bombay on July 28 that all but the very poorest of inhabitants had deserted the town of Paliad. It is rare to find a beneficial earthquake, but one such was reported from Cannes by The Times correspondent on July 29. An earthquake shock near the village of Réotier in the Hautes Alpes has removed an obstruction to the water supply which experts for many years have been trying to locate. The village fountain, dry for many generations, is now gushing forth water and the acute water shortage is at an end. On August 13, a small earth tremor was felt at Pwllheli in Wales, but no damage was done. It was probably due to subsidence in underground mine workings.