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- A P wave is a longitudinal wave and travels the fastest. It can travel through solids and liquids. An S wave is a transverse wave and travels slower than a P wave, thus arriving after the P wave. S waves can only travel through solids, and as a result do not travel through the liquid core of the Earth.
P waves travel fastest and are the first to arrive from the earthquake. In S or shear waves, rock oscillates perpendicular to the direction of wave propagation. In rock, S waves generally travel about 60% the speed of P waves, and the S wave always arrives after the P wave.
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