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Lightning hit Christ the Redeemer: Rio statue's thumb, middle finger damaged

Lightning struck Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, causing damage to the iconic statue. An ABC report on Jan. 18 said that mother nature in the form of an electrical storm did this damage to the 125-foot tall landmark.

Lightning strikes Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
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One of Chris the Redeemer's outstretched hands received the zap from the heavens that snapped off part of the statue's thumb and the middle finger of the right hand cracked. Repairs will be made.

This isn't the only time mother nature took its course with regard to this religious symbol located in Brazil and arguably the world's most famous. He has been hit by lightning in the past, providing the adage that lighting doesn't strike the same place twice untrue.

A lightning rod and additional equipment have been watching over Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro on top of Corcovado mountain at a height of 2,000 feet but these remedies are not failsafe.

And so as lightning again hits Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue is hurt with part of the thumb broken off and the middle finger on the right hand damaged by this mighty jolt. Good heavens!