How does the p waves differ from other waves?

1 Answer
Jul 1, 2016


P waves are faster than any other kinds of seismic waves. They can move through both solids & fluids. They are longitudinal waves, and they are the cause of least destructive effect.


P (Primary) wave is a type of body waves, which is a type of seismic waves. Primary waves are the fastest waves, so they are the first to arrive (that's why they are called primary).
P waves can move through both solids & fluids unlike S waves, which can only move through solids.
P waves are longitudinal waves, whereas S waves are transverse waves.
P waves leave the least amount of harm, compared to any other seismic wave.