Lightning strikes Christ the Redeemer statue

One of Brazil’s most famous landmarks, the Christ the Redeemer statue in the city of Rio de Janeiro, was struck by lightning on January 16. The thumb on the right hand of the statue was damaged. Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ that is 38 meters (125 feet) tall. It was built in 1931 and stands on top of a mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Lighting strikes this statue about 5 times a year, but it doesn’t always get damaged. The statue has lightning rods, but more are going to be added to better protect the structure. Lightning rods are metallic rods placed along the structure that allow the electric current from the lightning to flow to the ground so that the structure doesn’t get damaged.

You can watch a video of the statue’s broken thumb here.

 

Image Credits: Klaus with K for Christ the Redeemer statue
Sources: http://www.inpe.br/, http://www.corcovado.com.br/, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/, BBC