12.06.2021

Bitcoin Miners Completely Unfazed by Price Drop

According to estimates of Bitcoin’s hash rate from monitoring resource Coin Dance, participation remains as strong now as before the price drop. Hash rate refers to the amount of computing power dedicated to maintaining the Bitcoin network.

Bitcoin is not seeing capitulation among miners despite its price dipping over 15% in the past week, new data suggests.

Hash rate sees 2nd all-time high

According to some measures, the hash rate on Nov. 23, in fact, nearly matched its previous all-time high. At 134 quintillion hashes per second, Saturday’s reading was almost identical to that from Oct. 10, Coin Dance statistics suggest.

BTC/USD traded at around $7,200 on that day, compared to $8,600 in October.

Bitcoin network hash rate (in orange)
Bitcoin network hash rate (in orange)

Previously, Cointelegraph reported on the rising consensus that Bitcoin miners were exiting their positions as losses mounted. According to statistician Willy Woo, that process had already almost completed as of this week.

Taking an opposing position based on the fresh data, entrepreneur Alistair Milne suggested miners were in fact little concerned with current price action.

“There is NO miner capitulation”, he summarized in a tweet on Sunday. He continued:

“They are acutely aware of the upcoming halving and are apparently unphased by the recent dip.”

Difficulty reverses upwards

Milne also linked to the rising difficulty in mining Bitcoin, an indicator which until recently had been in decline.

The difficulty is a measure of the effort required to solve Bitcoin block equations and regularly adjusts to suit current miner sentiment. Earlier this month, difficulty saw its biggest drop of the year, falling 7%. Since then, a roughly 2% uptick likewise contradicts the idea that miners are staying away, according to Blockchain figures.

Bitcoin mining difficulty
Bitcoin mining difficulty. 

For analyst PlanB, creator of the highly-popular Stock-to-Flow Bitcoin price model, difficulty trends also point to continued faith in mining profitability.

“+2% difficulty adjustment: no miner capitulation”, he wrote on Friday, adding the historical precedent called for a price rise after such behavior.

According to Crypto This’ real-time difficulty generator, the next adjustment on Dec. 5 could be almost 5% higher than current levels.

Unlike difficulty, the hash rate is difficult to estimate beyond a limited degree of accuracy, and should not be taken as a definitive guide to miner involvement.

$10M Mining Farm Fire Takes Blame as Bitcoin Hash Rate Wobbles

The Bitcoin network experienced fresh turbulence on Sept. 30 while evidence emerged of a fire destroying $10 million worth of mining rigs.

A video of alleged Bitcoin miner fire emerges

According to Marshall Long, one of the first active Bitcoin miners, mining company Innosilicon’s giant data center began burning on Monday. Details remain sparse, but a video appeared showing the machines reportedly continuing to run despite being on fire.

Dovey Wan, a founding partner at crypto asset holding company Primitive Ventures, added that the total worth of equipment involved circled around $10 million.

At press time, Innosilicon had not made any public comments, either officially or on social media.

Hash rate struggles after highs

Commentators on social media were swift to air concerns that the blaze was to blame for a reported drop in Bitcoin’s hash rate.

On the day it occurred, estimates of network computing power involved in processing transactions dropped from 86 quintillion hashes per second (h/s) to 82 quintillion h/s.

As noted previously, however, hash rate estimates provide only a limited view of Bitcoin’s overall health. Last week, what appeared to be a 40% hash rate plunge, later was widely ignored by technical graphs.

As Cointelegraph reported previously, the rainy season in China’s northwestern Sichuan province has spelled disaster for at least one more Bitcoin mining farm on Aug. 20.

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