Excessive Flooding in Sichuan Causes 20% Hashrate Losses for Chinese Bitcoin Miners – Mining Bitcoin News


Excessive Flooding in Sichuan Causes 20% Hashrate Losses for Chinese Bitcoin Miners

Torrential downpours of nonstop rain have been wreaking havoc in China’s Sichuan province, which has caused some operations to shut down ASIC mining devices. Reports from the region show that certain areas have seen electrical shortages and the aftermath is causing quite a bit of stress for Chinese bitcoin miners.

Not too long ago, news.Bitcoin.com reported on the rain issues in Asia, as a myriad of countries have been dealing with the crazy 2020 monsoon season. Our newsdesk also reported on the alleged problems with the beleaguered Three Gorges Dam. During the last week, China has seen some of the worst flooding in over 70 years.

Now the prolonged rain has caused flooding and landslides in 17 counties surrounding China’s Sichuan province. Sichuan is dealing with serious flooding because it sits on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.

Excessive Flooding in Sichuan Causes 20% Hashrate Losses for Chinese Bitcoin Miners
China’s Sichuan province has seen the worst flooding in over 70 years.

China is home to a great number of the world’s bitcoin miners (50%) and Sichuan commands the densest region of bitcoin mining facilities in the country.

The rainfall and electrical shortages have been terrible for bitcoin miners causing a number of operations to temporarily halt mining.

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Two videos shared by the mining operation Poolin last year on August 21, 2019. Regional reports indicate 2020’s flooding is far worse than last year’s mudslides and excessive water levels.

The Chinese mining operation, Poolin, which commands the largest percentage of BTC hashrate today, shared videos of similar floods and mudslide devastation last year.

“A local mining farm based in Sichuan, China was devastated by the recent heavy rainfall in the region,” Poolin tweeted sharing a video of the situation in August 2019. The mining pool shared another recording of a Chinese worker trying to salvage bitcoin mining rigs from the mud. “Clip of personnel digging out miners from the mud,” Poolin said during the floods last August.

On Tuesday, Poolin again shared another video clip of a mining farm being ravaged during this year’s nonstop rain in Sichuan.

Local reports this weekend say that the monsoon season this August is much worse than last summer’s flooding in Sichuan.

On Monday, news.Bitcoin.com reported on the BTC hashrate touching 130 exahash per second (EH/s). But now some of the top mining pools in China are seeing 10-15% losses in hashrate.

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Pictures show that more than half of Guidezhen is underwater as the region is submerged in flood waters.

BTC hashrate is hard to measure and most analytical sites measure the rate every 1-2 days. However, stats from fork.lol measure the BTC hashrate in exahash per second with 12, 6, and even 3-hour averages.

Metrics show that the SHA256 hashrate saw a loss of 15-30 EH/s during the continuous rainstorms in Sichuan. One stat shows the hashrate dropped as low as 101 EH/s during the early morning hours (ET) on Tuesday morning.

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At around 4:30 a.m. ET, the BTC network hashrate touched a low of 101 exahash per second according to fork.lol stats on Tuesday.

Roughly 10 mining pools lost hashrate during the last 24 hours including top Chinese pools such as Antpool, Poolin, F2pool, Huobi, and Viabtc.

The mining pool 58coin&1thash lost a whopping 33% of hashrate during the last 24-hours taking the biggest hit on Tuesday. Stats show the top mining pool in terms of hashrate during the last seven days, Poolin lost over 15% during the overnight. Poolin is still the top mining pool with over 16EH/s and 762,531 workers according to the pool’s hashrate data.

On Saturday, August 15, the Changjiang Water Resources Commission (CWRC) issued dire warnings about major flood levels and reports say water inflow reached 62,000 cubic meters per second.

Some of the worst devastations affected Neijiang City’s Zizhong County, Wenchuan county, Mianyang City’s Santai County, and more than half of Guidezhen is underwater. Over three dozen rivers and tributaries have exceeded flood levels not seen in decades.

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Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 6,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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