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Will 25 million tons of floating tsunami debris make its way California?

Japan Prepares To Mark One Year Anniversary Of Earthquake And Tsunami

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Debris and non recyclable home items lay strewn over the ground where houses and factories once stood on March 8 in Kesennuma, Japan. The fishing industry in North Eastern Japan's Tohoku area has suffered greatly after last year's tsunami.

A massive floating debris field may be headed toward Southern California one year after the tsunami that flooded hundreds of miles along the coast of Japan. Scientists are attempting to predict if, and when, the estimated 25 million tons of debris might touch our shores. 

Chapman University scientists are using computer models to mathematically track the path of what has been called "a giant garbage patch," NBC LA reports. Other researchers are taking a weather-based approach to prediction.

Boats, cars, houses and other large items swept out to sea are believed to have sunk, according to experts. What's left is an extensive collection of floaters like plastic bottles, and other environmental and marine-life hazards.

Some of the traveling tsunami trash has already been spotted near Hawaii, and scientists expect to see more hit Seattle in the coming year and then head south.

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Rain with a chance of more rain on Tuesday

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Rain, says the National Weather Service, is expected in these parts. Like so many of us, the sky will probably start crying after 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. 

A storm system off the coast will be moving east through the region with the high Tuesday expected to reach 62 degrees, with wind between 5 and 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent and showers will probably call it quits before 10:00 p.m., notes NWS.

A hazardous weather outlook and special weather statement were issued Monday in advance of the non-sunny stint

Strong winds ahead of a cold front may gust more than 60 mph through mountains near San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Additional coastal water wind warnings were also issued.

Light to moderate mountain snow above 6000 feet elevations is possible in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and a period of three to eight hours of moderate rain is expected.

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