Lightning strike damages Rio Jesus statue

Jan. 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- In a decidedly ironic twist, the iconic statue of Jesus overlooking Rio de Janerio has been damaged by an act of God -- a lightning strike, its caretaker said.

The massive statue is missing the tip of a thumb, the Rev. Osmar Raposo, the site's manager told Sky News.

The damage was done during a thunderstorm Thursday, when Brazilian officials said satellite technology counted more than 40,000 lightning strikes in the region over a 3-hour span.

Striking photos show the concrete statue glowing white against a black night sky as the lighting bolt hits it.

The statue will undergo repairs next month, Raposo said.

A 2007 survey named the statue -- which stands 125 feet tall atop Mount Corcovado -- one of the seven new wonders of the world.

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