Damaged by Lightning, Christ the Redeemer to Undergo Repairs


Liightning strikes near Christ the Redeemer statue on January 16, 2014. A violent lightning and rain storm swept across the city, flooding streets, knocking out power and chipping the right thumb of the famed statue. (Photo by Renata Brito/Associated Press)


Seen on January 21, one of the fingers of the Christ Redeemer statue is chipped. The famed statue is being examined for repairs after two fingers and its head were chipped during recent lightning storms. Officials say they’ll place more lightning rods on the statue in an effort to prevent future damage. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


Visitors raise their arms to pray below the Christ Redeemer statue on January 21, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


The Christ Redeemer statue, left, overlooks Guanabara bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The famed statue is being examined after two fingers and the head were chipped during recent lightning storms. Officials say they’ll place more lightning rods on the statue in an effort to prevent future damage. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


A worker climbs the Christ Redeemer statue to examine recent damage. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


A worker looks out from inside the head of the Christ Redeemer statue. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


Repair workers examine the Christ Redeemer statue on January 21, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


A worker inspects the arm of the Christ Redeemer statue. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


A worker inspects the Christ the Redeemer statue which was damaged during lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro January 21, 2014. Lightning strikes damaged the iconic figure’s head and its right hand. The statue was hit on January 17 when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Severino Silva/Reuters/Agência o Dia)


A worker inspects the Christ the Redeemer statue which was damaged during lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro January 21, 2014. (Photo by Severino Silva/Reuters/Agência o Dia)


A worker climbs the Christ Redeemer statue to examine recent damage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


The sun sets behind the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Corcovado mountain on December 28, 2012. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


A “supermoon” is seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue on May 6, 2012. (Photo by Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press)


The Christ the Redeemer statue is seen on March 20, 2011. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)


Tourists stand below the Christ the Redeemer statue on September 29, 2010. (Photo by Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press)


The statue of Christ the Redeemer is seen at sunset on November 2, 2010. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


Men work on the scaffoldings surrounding the Christ the Redeemer statue on March 12, 2010.The iconic statue that was inaugurated in 1931got a $4 million renovation. Heavy rains had eroded portions of its face and hands and it had also been damaged by lightning strikes over the years. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


The statue of Christ the Redeemer is surrounded by scaffolding during the 2010 renovations. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


The Christ the Redeemer statue, surrounded by clouds, is lit up at dusk on June 7, 2013. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)


The Christ the Redeemer statue stands above Rio de Janeiro on June 19, 2013. Sugar Loaf mountain is at right. (Photo by Renata Britto/Associated Press)


President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, tour the Christ the Redeemer statue on March 19, 2011. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)


A full moon is seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue on July 4, 2012. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)

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