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Look: Photographer Captures Lightning Over Christ the Redeemer Statue

These perfectly-timed images show the incredible scene
Related: Earth, Lightning
YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2013

Lightning flashed across the night sky over the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 14, 2014, and photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba captured the dramatic scene. The vivid bolts and glowing statue stand in stark contrast to the dark surroundings.

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BRAZIL-LIGHTNING-CHRIST THE REDEEMER

The iconic 130-foot statue is located at the top of Corcovado Mountain, 2,300 feet above the Brazilian city.

While the statue wasn't directly hit this time, it hasn't been so lucky in the past. On Feb. 10, 2008, lightning struck the statue, causing damage to the figure's eyebrows and fingers. The statue was restored later that year.

BRAZIL-LIGHTNING-CHRIST THE REDEEMER

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Patricia

Makes me want to go back.

January 15 2014 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrstffraser

christ the light of the world JOHN1 VRS 4 and 5 In him was life and the life was the light of men and the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it..JOHN 1 VRS 9 That was the true light which gives light to every man coming into the world......

January 14 2014 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nightingale2711

Nice

January 14 2014 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TSully980

Be careful........................Lightning Kills. www.nathansullivan.com My heart is still torn!!

January 14 2014 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CherMoeLin

This is quite an impressive piece of photography! Quite moving in its own way.

January 14 2014 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
karengroovi777

now that is way cool !

January 14 2014 at 3:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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