Lightning breaks finger off Christ the Redeemer statue Published: January 18, 2014

The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janerio in Brazil has been struck by lightning.

Officials said lightning has apparently broken the tip of the statue's right thumb, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported.

The 125-ft tall statue that stands atop the Corcovado Mountain also had its right hand third finger damaged in the lightning strike that occurred following a storm in the wee hours of Friday.

According to the Atmospheric Electricity Group and the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Rio witnessed as many as 1,109 lightning rays on the stormy night, about half the number of record lightning rays of 2,149 that streaked across the city in March last year.

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