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Bitcoin mining difficulty decreases by 6% in biggest drop since reaching lows of bear market


Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Drops 5.7% in Largest Negative Adjustment in 18 Months

The world of Bitcoin mining saw a significant shakeup on Thursday as the mining difficulty dropped by 5.7%, marking the largest negative adjustment in nearly 18 months. This adjustment, which occurred at block height 842,688, brought the difficulty level down to 83.1 trillion, according to Bitbo data.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, Bitcoin mining difficulty is a measure of how hard it is to mine a new block compared to the easiest it can ever be. The difficulty adjusts automatically every 2016 blocks to ensure that, on average, a new block is found every 10 minutes. When there is an increase in the number of miners, the difficulty rises, and vice versa.

The recent drop in mining difficulty follows a 10% decrease in network hash rate since the last adjustment on April 24. This decline in hash rate led to Bitcoin’s hash price hitting an all-time low, dropping below $50 per PH/s per day. As a result, Bitcoin’s price also fell below $63,000, currently trading around $61,000.

Despite the challenges faced by miners post-halving, today’s negative difficulty adjustment could provide some relief by making it slightly easier to mine blocks. This adjustment comes after two positive adjustments surrounding the recent halving event, which saw the difficulty level rise to a record 88.1 trillion.

The drop in hash rate following the halving event has been attributed to various factors, including the introduction of Runes, a new fungible token standard for Bitcoin. While the initial hype surrounding Runes drove up transaction fee revenue for miners, average transaction fees have since dropped considerably.

Overall, the fluctuating mining difficulty and hash rate in the Bitcoin network highlight the dynamic nature of the cryptocurrency market. As miners continue to adapt to changing conditions, the industry remains as unpredictable and exciting as ever.


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