How many types of seismic waves are there?

1 Answer
Mar 20, 2016

There are three type of seismic wave.

Primary (P) waves are longitudinal, the fastest, the least destructive (lowest amplitude) and they can travel through water, air and solids.

Secondary (S) waves are transverse, medium speed (relative to the others), second most destructive and can only travel through solids.

Surface waves have two different types (love and Rayleigh), can be longitudinal or transverse, are the slowest but most destructive and travel along the surface of a planet between two mediums (substances)

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