Photos: Lightning chips fingers, head of Rio’s Christ statue

Photos: Lightning chips fingers, head of Rio’s Christ statue

Repair workers examine the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. The famed statue is being examined for repairs after two fingers and its head were chipped during recent lightning storms. Officials say they'll place more lightning rods on the statue in an effort to prevent future damage. AP/ Reuters

 

A lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 16, 2014.  AFP

A lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 16, 2014. The statue, which is perched atop a mountain and offering spectacular views of Rio, will remain open to tourists. AFP

 

Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014. AFP

Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014. The right thumb of the statue was chipped during a violent storm last week, and its right middle finger and a spot on its head were damaged last month. AFP

 

Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014. AFP

Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014. The Christ was inaugurated in 1931 and underwent a $4 million renovation in 2010. AFP

 

A worker inspects the Christ the Redeemer statue which was damaged during lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro January 21, 2014. Lightning strikes damaged the iconic figure's head and its right hand. The statue was hit on January 17 when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro.  REUTERS

A worker inspects the Christ the Redeemer statue which was damaged during lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro January 21, 2014. Lightning strikes damaged the iconic figure's head and its right hand. The statue was hit on January 17 when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS

 

A worker inspects the Christ the Redeemer statue which was damaged during lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro January 21, 2014. Lightning strikes damaged the iconic figure's head and its right hand. The statue was hit on January 17 when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro.  REUTERS

A worker inspects the Christ the Redeemer statue which was damaged during lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro January 21, 2014. Lightning strikes damaged the iconic figure's head and its right hand. The statue was hit on January 17 when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS

 

One of the fingers of the Christ Redeemer statue is chipped in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The famed statue is being examined for repairs after two fingers and its head were chipped during recent lightning storms. Officials say they’ll place more lightning rods on the statue in an effort to prevent future damage. AP

One of the fingers of the Christ Redeemer statue is chipped in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The famed statue is being examined for repairs after two fingers and its head were chipped during recent lightning storms. Officials say they’ll place more lightning rods on the statue in an effort to prevent future damage. AP

 

A worker inspects the Christ the Redeemer statue which was damaged during lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro January 21, 2014. Lightning strikes damaged the iconic figure's head and its right hand. The statue was hit on January 17 when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro.  REUTERS

A worker inspects the Christ the Redeemer statue which was damaged during lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro January 21, 2014. Lightning strikes damaged the iconic figure's head and its right hand. The statue was hit on January 17 when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS

 

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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2014 10:14:54 IST

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