Lightning Strikes Christ The Redeemer Statue

A recent news article reports on a viral photo of a lightning bolt striking the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The powerful image shows the statue lit up by the bolt of lightning, and has been widely shared on social media. Despite the impressive sight, no damage was reported to the statue, which is one of Brazil’s most famous landmarks and a symbol of the country’s cultural heritage.

The photo has generated a lot of interest and attention online, with many people expressing their awe at the stunning display of nature’s power.Lightning Strikes Christ The Redeemer Statue

In a jaw-dropping moment, the 100-foot statue of Jesus Christ towering over Rio de Janeiro was hit by lightning. The stunning scene was captured during a flash storm which hit the coast of Brazil on Friday. The bolt of flash struck the head of the statue and turned the sculpture into a godly figure. 

The stunning scene was captured by Fernando Braga, who shared the pictures on Instagram. “DIVINE LIGHTNING !!! IT’S FRIDAY!!! Recordings taken on February 10, 2023 at 6:55 PM (Christ) and 19:03 PM (Antenna) using NIKON D800 with 70-200mm f/2.8E at 70mm f/8 13″ ISO 100,” Mr Braga wrote in the caption of the post. 

The mind-blowing pictures have gone viral on social media. While on Instagram they have garnered more than 63,000 likes, on Twitter, they have been viewed over 20 million times. 

Notably, the Christ the Redeemer statue is the largest depiction of Jesus in the world and stands more than 2,000 feet above Rio on top of Corcovado Hill. The statue, which was named one of the seven new wonders of the world in 2007, is made of 700 tonnes of reinforced concrete.

The sculpture has been struck by lightning in the past too. According to the BBC, back in 2014, a bolt of lightning damaged the thumb of the iconic figure, following which it underwent restoration work.