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Do sound vibrations from plate tectonics (earthquakes) attract asteroids?

  1. Jul 13, 2011 #1
    I'm not sure whether to put this in Earth or Astrophysics.
    How far would these sound vibrations/waves travel? Do they just stay within the Earth, or is it possible for them to travel through space; and if so, how or why or is it possible for these vibrations to attract asteroids?
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  3. Jul 13, 2011 #2


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    I think it is safe to say that effects of seismic waves do not move beyond the atmosphere. They cannot and do not travel through space. So they do not effect any other planetary bodies.
  4. Jul 14, 2011 #3


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    To expand on this, I would like to point out that the waves from seismic activity require a medium to propagate through. Space has no such medium and nothing that requires a medium can move through space. This includes sound waves, seismic waves, water waves, etc.
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