The London Mirror has the photo, which was captured during a heavy storm along the coast of Brazil in the early hours of the morning.
This is not the first time the famed statue has been damaged during a thunderstorm. In 2008, a lightning strike caused damage to the head and fingers, requiring restoration work.
The 100-foot statue has been called the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. However, while it is arguably the most famous, it is not the tallest:
- In October 2013, a 128-foot bronze statue titled “I have come to save the world” was installed on a mountaintop near the Syrian city of Saidnaya. That new statue can reportedly be seen from Lebanon, Jordan and Israel.
- And Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, president of the Russian Academy of Art, is near completing a statue of Jesus which will measure 272 feet. (The statue itself is 108 feet tall, and stands atop a 164-foot pedestal.) Tsereteli hopes to find a home for his mammoth work in Russia.
Father Omar, rector of the shrine, has reported that lightning frequently hits the statue atop the Corcovado mountain. The shrine is protected by a lightning rod, but it doesn’t always do the trick. Apparently, the hand had been damaged some time ago by an earlier storm; but last week’s dramatic lightning strike caused the finger to finally fall off.
The statue is scheduled to be refurbished next month; so the finger will be reattached and other repairs will be made at that time.
Click here for some fantastic photos of the storm.