How are P waves different from S waves?
Earthquakes can be a very destructive force whether natural or human-made. They can be caused by plate tectonics from the movement of the plates typically where two plates meet, volcanic activity (from eruptions or near building up to an eruption), underground collapse of caves, mine collapses, and from weapons explosions such as from nuclear weapons.
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The differences between P (primary) and S (secondary) waves is easiest to see in a side by side tabular comparison:
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Learn about seismic activity and understand how earthquakes are measured. Study the different types of seismic waves and understand how the Richter Scale is used.