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The 3 types of seismic waves HTML5


Propagation of the 3 types of seismic waves, Primary (P), Secondary (S) and Love (L) (The latter are named for the geologist who predicted their existence). The types of ground movements and damage caused on the surface.

Click on a wave type to run an animation, then click on the x at the corner of that animation to see another type of wave in action.

Learning goals

  • To study the propagation of seismic waves.

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P and S waves are called body waves because they propagate in all directions within the globe. Their speed of propagation depends on the material they are passing through, and this generally…

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