The price of LUNA briefly spiked around 90% overnight to an intraday high of $11.33 ahead of Binance’s airdrop, but has since dropped back to around $8.26 at the time of writing.
At current prices, as per CoinGecko data, the increase to $8.26 represents a 35% gain over the past 24 hours. Overall, however, the price has tanked 56% since launching on the weekend at an opening price of $18.87.
Members of the community posted screenshots of the price jumping as high as $12 on the MEXC Global exchange, with Twitter user “bull_bnb” highlighting some surging moment as they noted that the price jumped by around $2 in the space of 30 minutes.
In 30 minutes you apes pumped it 2 more dollars am loving it I love you do Con. @crypto_bitlord7 you should’ve nought with me bro this new $luna on fire https://t.co/Y9n6HT2mY6 pic.twitter.com/s2TJRYrl4J
— Bull of Binance Street (@bull_bnb) May 30, 2022
Binance is one of several exchanges aiding the relaunch of the Terra ecosystem, and is set to launch a multi-year airdrop campaign to eligible users from May 31 at 06:00 am UTC, along with opening the token up for trading.
While the project aims to re-establish itself under Do Kwon’s revival plan, onlookers in the short term have predicted the price will tumble further once the Binance drop goes live.
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Numerous investors have taken to Twitter to vent their anger over other lackluster airdrops from Terra so far, with “cryptocevo” tweeting on May 30 that:
“Lost 50k on $LUNA and got an airdrop of $112 Prefer the complete rug. That small airdrop is like extra needle salt in the wound.”
Earlier today, the verified “terra_money” Twitter account acknowledged there have been issues with the airdropping so far and vowed to find a solution shortly.
“We are aware that some have received less $LUNA from the airdrop than expected & are actively working on a solution. More information will be provided when we have gathered all of the data, so stay tuned,” the tweet read.
Attention $LUNA airdrop recipients
We are aware that some have received less $LUNA from the airdrop than expected & are actively working on a solution.
More information will be provided when we have gathered all of the data, so stay tuned.
— Terra Powered by LUNA (@terra_money) May 30, 2022