REPORTS have been received from Guayaquil, the chief port of Ecuador, that a severe earthquake took place in the interior on the night of May 13-14. Guayaquil itself was severely shaken for some 60 seconds according to human perception, and buildings collapsed. It is estimated that about sixty people lost their lives. Mr. J. J. Shaw's seismograph at West Bromwich recorded a severe earthquake at 2h. 25m. 52s. U. T. on May 14. Further news is awaited. It will be recalled (NATURE, Feb. 11, 1939, p. 238) that several earthquakes shook a considerable area in Ecuador including the towns of Vallechillos and Quito on the night of February 1, 1939. On that occasion the volcano Cotopaxi erupted.