# Vibrations that move through the ground carrying the energy released during an earthquake is called what?

Dec 15, 2017

Vibrations that move through the ground carrying the energy released during an earthquake are called seismic  waves.

#### Explanation:

Here is what Science Daily says about seismic waves:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/seismic_wave.htm

Seismic wave
A seismic wave is a wave that travels through the Earth, most often as the result of a tectonic earthquake, sometimes from an explosion.

There are two types of seismic wave
(body waves and surface waves)

1) Body waves (also have two types)
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{. .}$ Primary (P-waves)
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{. .}$ Secondary (S-waves)

2) Surface waves
Surface waves are analogous to water waves and travel just under the Earth's surface. They travel more slowly than body waves.

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Here's information about seismic waves from an on-line study guide
https://quizlet.com/8991765/science-earthquakes-flash-cards/

Seismic Wave:
⚡ Seismic waves are vibrations that travel through Earth carrying the energy released during an earthquake.

⚡ They carry energy from an earthquake away from the focus, through the Earth's interior and across the surface.

P Wave:
⌁ The first waves to arrive from the earthquake are "Primary Waves."

⌁They are seismic waves that compress and expand the ground
like an accordion.

⌁ They can move through solids & liquids.

S Waves:
⌁ After P Waves come the "Secondary Waves."

⌁ They are seismic waves that vibrate from side to side as well as
up and down.

⌁ They shake the ground back and forth.

⌁ They can't move through liquids, just solids.

Surface Waves:
⌁ When P and S waves reach the surface, some become surface waves.

⌁ They move more slowly then P & S waves, but produce severe ground movements.

⌁ They move the ground like ocean waves and shake buildings side to side.