Terra’s Forked LUNA Token Falls 70% a Day After Debut

Work from Home Secrets

  • Terra’s newest LUNA token, which follows a fork from the previous chain, is down 70% a day after being listed on major exchanges
  • Trading volume has also dropped by more than half as activity from an extensive sell-off begins to cool

The latest iteration of the Terra blockchain (Terra 2.0) is off to a rocky start with its native token having fallen considerably following the chain’s debut on Saturday.

LUNA, the retooled token of the same name, fell more than 70% Sunday following a swift sell-off after listing on crypto exchanges Bybit, KuCoin, and Huobi.

Prices were last seen changing hands for around $5.69, following a 24-hour peak of $19.54. The token had initially listed on Bybit for around $3.63, data from provider CoinMarketCap shows.

Trading volume for LUNA over a 36-hour period has also fallen alongside its price, posting a 64% drop in activity from a peak of around $393.4 million to around $145.3 million.

Terra’s collapse sent shockwaves through the crypto market earlier this month after the blockchain’s then native algorithmic stablecoin, UST, began to de-peg from the US dollar. The stablecoin was last seen changing hands for $0.03.

After multiple failed attempts to bring UST back to parity, the original LUNA token – linked to UST by design – also fell 99% from a May 9 peak of $66.51 to less than a cent three days later.

Following the fallout, Terraform Labs, the main developer of the Terra/LUNA ecosystem, proposed to split the chain in an attempt to assuage angry investors and restore faith in its brand.

A week-long vote, last week, resulted in 65% of LUNA holders opting to fork the battered chain. A renamed Terra Classic alongside its native asset Luna Classic (LUNC) have been kept as the original chain and token while the newest iteration takes the form of the old Terra and LUNA branding.

The new chain promises to be a “fully community-owned” network with several addresses – tied to the project – having been removed from its airdrop whitelist.

Still, not all are impressed by the new facelift with some angry at the lack of clarity and compensation provided to those who lost hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars worth of tokens.

An investigation into the Lunar collapse is underway in South Korea where employees of Terraform Labs have been summoned for questioning and ordered to submit materials, local news outlet JTBC reported Saturday.

Blockworks attempted to contact Terraform Labs but did not receive a reply by press time.

Get the day’s top crypto news and insights delivered to your inbox every evening. Subscribe to Blockworks’ free newsletter now.

  • Sebastian Sinclair


    Senior Reporter, Asia News Desk

    Sebastian Sinclair is a senior news reporter for Blockworks operating in South East Asia. He has experience covering the crypto market as well as certain developments affecting the industry including regulation, business and M&As. He currently holds no cryptocurrencies.

    Contact Sebastian via email at [email protected]

How to Start an Online Business

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *