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The Iconic 'Christ the Redeemer' Statue Damaged During a Lightning Storm

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/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

A finger was chipped off of the right hand of Rio's de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer statue during a storm late Thursday.

According to the New York Times, officials said the right thumb was chipped after lightning struck the iconic 125-foot statue. A finger on the same hand was also reportedly damaged in a separate storm, earlier this month.

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/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

The statue, which is frequently hit by lightning, was erected in 1931 and set to be repaired next month. $4 million was recently poured into a renovation, the Times reported.

(H/T: New York Post)

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