The speed of an earthquake can vary depending on the density of material it is traveling through, and the depth at which it first occurred. There are different names for the speed of the wave: P-wave refers to a wave that has traveled anywhere from 6-13 km/sec, while S-waves are those that have traveled from 3-7 km/sec.
The speed of an earthquake varies since it dependent on many factors. There are two different types of waves: P waves and S waves. P waves are similar to sound waves and travel at an average of 6 and 13 km/sec. S waves are slower, shear type waves and roughly travel 3.5 and 7.5 km/sec.
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