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Did a massive Chinese power outage cause Bitcoin’s crash down to $50k?

April 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Analyst Willy Woo is pointing to a combination of declining hash rate and selling in the futures markets as the catalyst for Bitcoin’s sudden drop to $50,000.

On-chain analyst Willy Woo argues a massive power outage in Chinese mining hub Xinjiang drove Bitcoin’s violent crash down to $50,000.

762 Total views 11 Total shares Woo noted reports identifying the blackouts were published late last week, with the power outages occurring to facilitate safety inspections in response to a recent flooding accident at a local coal mine that saw 21 miners temporarily trapped underground after power and communications went down. According to the Cambridge Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index, or BECI, Xinjiang represents nearly one-quarter of the global hash rate. The analyst notes yesterday saw the largest daily drop in total Bitcoin network hash rate since November 2017, with hash rate plummeting from 172 million terahashes per second, or TH/s, to less roughly 154 million TH/s, according to Ycharts.

Popular crypto market analyst, Willy Woo, has attributed the violent April 18 cryptocurrency crash to a sudden drop in hash rate resulting from a power outage in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. Bitcoin hash rate: YchartsWoo points to 9,000 BTC that was transferred to Binance on April 16, speculating the funds were likely sent by a “whale with closer knowledge to happenings in China. ” Coupled with heavy selling in the quarterly futures markets, the downward momentum drove $4. 9 billion worth of Bitcoin liquidations and a further $4. 4 billion in margin calls in the altcoin markets — with a record 1 million accounts being liquidated. However, not everyone agrees with Woo’s analysis, with Cinneanhaim Ventures partner, Adam Cochran, describing “the idea that a power outage last night in a mining region in China led to the dop in $BTC” as “utter nonsense. ”1/15You might have seen charts around claiming that there is some sort of link between the mining hash-rate and Bitcoin's price drop. I've seen all sorts of words thrown around with this chart including 'causations' and 'correlations' by a lot of people who don't math.

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