Earthquakes generate three types of seismic waves: P (primary) waves, S (secondary) waves and surface waves, which arrive at seismic recording stations one after another. Both P and S waves penetrate the interior of the Earth while surface waves do not. Due to this, P and S waves are known as “body waves”.
Likewise, which type of earthquake causes the most damage?
There are four main types of earthquake waves: P-waves and S-waves (which are body waves), and Rayleigh waves and Love waves (which are surface waves). Love waves tend to cause the most damage due to their large amplitude and P-waves the least, but P-waves are the first to arrive.