Seismic Wave: Definition, Types & Frequency


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Why do seismic waves (in general) cause a lot of damage?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a possible source of a seismic wave?

2. Which of the following types of seismic waves causes the most damage?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is designed to assess your understanding of the amount of damage caused by different seismic waves during an earthquake. To pass the quiz, you must be familiar with the terms used to describe these waves.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • Why seismic waves cause a lot of damage
  • Sources of seismic waves
  • Seismic wave type that causes the most damage
  • Two types of body waves

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding seismic waves
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about earthquakes in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast primary and secondary waves
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the types of surface and body waves

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Seismic Wave: Definition, Types & Frequency. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain what seismic waves are
  • Describe what happens under the Earth's surface to cause earthquakes
  • Discuss surface and body waves
  • Identify two types of body waves
  • Provide details about the two types of surface waves