An earthquake generates seismic waves that penetrate the Earth as body waves (P & S) or travel as surface waves (Love and Rayleigh). Each wave has a characteristic speed and style of motion. The animations below illustrate both the propogation of the wave as well as the motion of particles as the wave passes.
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Wave propogation and particle motion for...
- Body Waves - Primary (P) & Secondary (S) Waves
- Surface Waves - Rayleigh & Love Waves