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How can one prove or show that seismic waves produced by the earth during an earthquake consists of transverse and longitudinal waves?



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Seismometers are sensitive instruments that measure the direction of motion of the surface of the earth. They are able to distinguish "up / down", "back / forth", "left / right" directions of motion of the earth. By resolving the complex motions of the earth's surface into these components they are able to tell transverse vs. longitudinal waves.

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