In general, the most destructive earthquake waves are the

A. P waves
B. S waves
C. Surface waves
D. All of the these

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The correct answer is C. Surface waves.

Surface waves are generally the most destructive earthquake waves, as they travel along the surface of the Earth and cause the ground to move up and down, side-to-side, and in a rolling motion. They are slower than P and S waves, but their amplitude can be much larger, leading to greater damage to structures and infrastructure. P waves are the fastest and can travel through solid and liquid materials, while S waves are slower and can only travel through solid materials.
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