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Terra Classic climbs 20% in a day adding $130 million to its market cap

Terra Classic (LUNC), the original chain of the now collapsed Terra (LUNA) token, is recording increased buying pressure driving its value up. Notably, the interest in the token appears to defy the ongoing sustained crypto market volatility. 

In particular, LUNC has surged 21% in the last 24 hours, trading at $0.00012, with the value peaking at $0.00013 during the early trading hours on August 26. 

LUNC 1-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

The spike in LUNC’s price was partly triggered by capital inflow that gained about $137.7 million within 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap data. 

LUNC 1-day market cap chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

LUNC’s burn accelerates 

Although LUNC was projected to vanish after the controversial crash, the community has been active and supportive of the crypto despite the associated label of scam coins. Some of the initiatives have centered around reducing the token’s supply. 

For instance, the latest rally coincided with the burned LUNC tokens hitting another high. According to the live LUNC burn tracker, 3,080 billion of the tokens have been burned to date. 

“Total burned Lunch stands at 3,080 billion. The volume traded in the last 24hrs is $157m, 1.2% of that is $1.88m at these prices and book we would have burned 14.6 billion,” the platform said in a tweet on August 25.

Generally, the reduction of the total supply of LUNC will increase the scarcity and likely push the rally in the price gradually. 

Impact of community short squeeze 

Furthermore, the latest spike in Terra’s value can also be attributed to short squeeze initiatives by the community amid an attempt to gain the lost glory. At the same time, a section of the analysts believe that LUNC might take the course of meme coins like Dogecoin (DOGE). 

It is also worth mentioning that LUNC’s attempt to rally is also linked to elements like the token retaining its listing on leading crypto exchanges, despite the lack of significant use cases. 

Additionally, LUNC’s bullish sentiments have correlated with the recent interview by Terra founder Do Kwon who continues to deny any wrongdoings in the collapse. In the interview, he claimed that there was a mole within the Terra organization. 

In this line, authorities are still investigating Kwon, with South Korean prosecutors calling on the Ministry of Justice to issue a “notice upon arrival” to the founder.

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