The extreme volatility of the past 24 hours has seen $230 million in both longs and shorts liquidated on BitMEX.
The recent volatility in the Bitcoin (BTC) markets has left both bulls and bears facing significant liquidations, with almost $223 million in 24-hour margin calls on leading derivatives exchange BitMEX being evenly spread between BTC shorts and longs.
As of when this story was published, a little over $111.5 million, or 50.04% of the total was liquidated in the form of Bitcoin longs, while shorts represented $111.3 million, or 49.96% of liquidated positions, according to Cryptometer.
Altcoin liquidations brought the total to $230 million.
Both shorts and longs hit on BitMEX
Shorts were initially hit heavily as BTC gained over 8.78% in just four hours as prices rallied from $9,560 into new recent highs just shy of $10,400 heading into the early hours of June 2.
However, the break into five-figure prices would prove to be short-lived, as roughly 14 hours of tight consolidation near $10,200 gave way to a violent drop that saw Bitcoin shed roughly 10% in less than four minutes as prices plummeted down to $9,150.
BTC/USDT on Binance 1H Chart: TradingView
The last ten hours have seen tight range-bound consolidation between $9,400, and $9,550, with many traders anxiously awaiting Bitcoin’s next major move.
Exchange outages persist amid price crash
The sudden price crash triggered familiar outages on top exchanges, with users reporting overloads on BitMEX as slippage drove prices as low as $8,600 on the platform.
Top United States-based exchange Coinbase went offline like clockwork as prices rallied above $10,000, with Twitter user ‘cryptorecruitr’ asking the firm: “How does an exchange with an $8 billion valuation crash every time Bitcoin pumps 5%? I would genuinely like to know.”
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