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Speed of seismic waves HTML5


Required time for seismic waves P, S and L to travel from the epicenter to three different seismometers placed at different distances.

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Learning goals

  • To illustrate propagation of seismic waves and their respective speeds.

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During an earthquake, vibrations caused by the breaking of the Earth’s crust are transmitted from the hypocenter. Seismographs detect and register these vibrations, which permit us to study them.…

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