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Lightning Strikes Christ The Redeemer Statue And Breaks Off Its Finger

A nasty thunderstorm Thursday damaged the famous statue and knocked out power in several Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods.

Posted on January 17, 2014, at 8:16 p.m. ET

Lightning struck the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro Thursday, and broke off a finger from the statue's right hand, Father Omar Raposo told Globo Radio.

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The 125-foot statue is frequently hit by lightning. It was last renovated in 2010 for $4 million in repairs to a hand and its face.

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The storm lasted 90 minutes, flooding streets and knocking out power for tens of thousands of residents.

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