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Answered 2010-03-09 16:33:21

Since an earthquake or seismic wave is a pressure or force wave (like sound waves), it requires a material in which to propagate. So, no earthquake waves can travel through a vacuum.

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What evidence do we have that light travel through a vacuum?

You create a vacuum in a lab, and then shine a light through it, and there is experimental proof that light travels through a vacuum. Alternatively, take the fact that light travels through space - if light could not travel through a vacuum, no light from the stars, the moon or the sun would ever reach our planet.

Why do light waves require a medium in which to travel?

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Can sound produced on the moon travel to the earth?

Because sound requires a medium to travel through, sound cannot travel through space because space is a vacuum. Therefore a sound produced on the moon could not travel to earth.

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What situation could sound not travel?

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Do visible light waves require a medium to travel?

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Does light require matter to move through?

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