Cassian Baliarsingh

In a jaw-dropping moment, the 100-foot ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue towering over Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was struck by lightning and scary pictures of the incident have taken over social media. The bolt of flash struck the head of the statue during a flash storm which hit the coast of Brazil and the whole sculpture turned into a godly figure.

The stunning pictures were captured by a person known as Fernando Brago. Taking to his Instagram handle, Brago shared the picture and wrote, “Divine Lightning!!! It’s Friday!!”

Since being shared online, the mind-boggling pictures have amassed more than 20 million views and thousands of likes.

A user wrote, “Wow! Oh just WOW!” while another user wrote, “This is quite a recurrent event, being the highest point, it’s just the luck of having someone doing photography at the right time.”

A third user funnily wrote, “Mom! Thor and Jesus are at it again!”

The 100-foot statue of Jesus Christ 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 is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Christ the Redeemer statue is made of 700 tonnes of reinforced concrete. Although, struck by lightning, nothing has happened to the sculpture. It has been hit by lightning in the past too in 2014.