Lightning struck Rio’s Jesus Christ statue and broke off its fingers

Lightning struck Rio's Jesus Christ statue and broke off his fingers

Rio de Janeiro, which has been getting lit up with lightning storms this week, just got hit with another one and this one hit the big guy: Rio’s 125-foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue. A lightning bolt struck the Jesus Christ statue and broke off a few fingers on the statue’s right hand.

According to the National Institute of Space Research, more than 40,000 lightning flashes (!) hit the area during the three hour storm. And when you put a giant statue on top of a hill, well, that’s bound to attract some lightning bolts. On average, Christ the Redeemer usually gets struck with lightning 3-5 times per year. Here’s another angle:

Lightning struck Rio's Jesus Christ statue and broke off his fingers

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