Earthquake Waves: Types & Concept Video


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Which of the following types of waves causes the MOST damage?

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1. Which of the following types of waves arrives first?

2. The two types of surface waves are:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is designed to assess your ability to recognize the most and least damaging waves contained in an earthquake.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The term used to describe an earthquake's most damaging waves
  • The first type of wave to arrive in the advent of an earthquake
  • The terms used to describe the two types of surface waves
  • The type of waves that are purely longitudinal
  • The reasons why it is important for scientists to understand the different types of earthquake waves

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about earthquakes in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding specific types of surface waves
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about primary and secondary waves

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Earthquake Waves: Types & Concept. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide details about earthquakes, such as what causes them, how waves are released, and how earthquakes are measured
  • Describe surface and body waves
  • Detail the two types of body waves and when they strike during an earthquake
  • Discuss and provide illustrations of two types of surface waves