Relief ships will take 3 days to reach Tonga

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The Royal New Zealand Navy dispatched two ships to Tonga on Tuesday, but New Zealand's minister of defense said it would take three days for them to reach the Polynesian archipelago nation, CNN reported.

Tonga was struck by a tsunami and covered with ash after an undersea volcano erupted 40 miles south of the capital city Saturday. Two people died in Tonga, and two others drowned in Peru after high waves caused by the eruption reached that country's coast.

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