Tuesday, January 21st 2014 - 13:14 UTC

Lightning chips a finger from Christ the Redeemer right hand

Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue with its arms extended overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was struck by lightning damaging the statue's right hand thumb, making it lose one finger, according to officials from the Archdiocese of Rio, which manages the statue.

The spectacular night picture of the electrical storm

 The statue, which is visited by nearly two million people every year underwent a 4 million restoration, the National Institute for Space Research told O Globo that the statue is struck by lightning on average between three and five times a year.

The storm which blazed across Rio's sky had one of the highest number of lightning strikes recorded in Brazil since the country began monitoring storms in 1999. The Christ of the Redeemer statue was inaugurated on 12 October 1931 on top of Rio's Corcovado Mountain and is considered the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world.

In 2007 it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World The middle finger of the right hand was chipped during a storm last month.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is 30 meters tall, excluding its 8 meters pedestal. The statue's arms stretch 28 meters wide. It weighs 635 tons and is located at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

Father Omar Raposo, head of the Redeemer sanctuary said the statue would be fully restored by early February. The statue has several lightning rods on the arms and head, and the Space Research Center said that on that night over 40.000 lightings and thunder could be seen and heard during the three hour long storm.

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1 ChrisR (#) Jan 21st, 2014 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
Biggest lightening conductor in SA then?
2 Stevie (#) Jan 21st, 2014 - 02:31 pm Report abuse
Crap joke.

Thumb's down...
3 Heisenbergcontext (#) Jan 21st, 2014 - 03:10 pm Report abuse
Great photo.
4 LEPRecon (#) Jan 21st, 2014 - 03:21 pm Report abuse
Maybe God is angry that there is a craven image of a false God on display.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
5 Britninja (#) Jan 21st, 2014 - 04:51 pm Report abuse
If the statue was facing Argentina's direction, and the lightning had left behind just the middle finger, I'd become a full-fledged believer. ;)
6 ChrisR (#) Jan 21st, 2014 - 06:41 pm Report abuse
@ 5 Britninja

7 Conqueror (#) Jan 21st, 2014 - 10:18 pm Report abuse
Whoops. Meant to take its head off. Missed!
8 Bongo (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 01:17 am Report abuse
Looks like the statue is using the Dark Side of the Force.
9 ShadowWalker (#) Jan 23rd, 2014 - 05:45 pm Report abuse
The pic at the top is just brilliant :) kudos to the photographer who ever it was :). no 8 thats a rather good description :)

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