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Bitcoin Hashrate Down 45% - Miners Witness Second-Largest Difficulty Drop in History

Bitcoin’s hashrate has plummeted 45% since the record-breaking levels it saw on Feb. 29. The hashrate touched an all-time high of 136 exahash per second (EH/s) but has since dropped to 75 EH/s. Moreover, the crypto network has seen the second-largest difficulty drop since October 2011.

Bitcoin Hashrate Declines 45% Since All-Time High

The latest cryptoconomy price shift has capitulated a number of small mining operations and BTC’s overall hashrate has dropped 45% in 30 days. The price drop stemmed from the looming economic crisis scaring the entire world and BTC is hovering between $6,600-6,850 per coin.

On Feb. 29, the network’s hashrate spiked to the highest level ever captured, reaching 136 EH/s. But during the last 30 days and especially since the infamous “Black Thursday” on March 12, BTC’s hashrate dropped to a low of 75 EH/s. Statistics show that miners paying above $0.05 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are not seeing the best profits. Naturally, this has caused some operations to shut off miners, as they hope to re-enter when the price gets better.

Second-Largest BTC Difficulty Drop

Miners leaving the system and the hashrate dropping 45% have caused the second largest BTC network difficulty drop since 2011. Basically, the network’s difficulty is a measure of how hard it is to find the hash beneath a specified target. The drop was around 15.5% after the difficulty went from 16.5 trillion to 13.9 trillion on Thursday. BTC’s difficulty is based on a two-week interval or 2,016 blocks, but it’s also affected... Read More...