The Atlantis hard fork for Ethereum Classic will soon be upon us. The hard fork will occur at block 8 772 000.

Previous plans had the hard fork occurring on block number 8.75 million. If things proceeded as planned however, the Atlantis hard fork was going to occur on the 15th of September. That happens to be a Sunday and ETC Labs moved the number up a bit.

The move happened mainly because during the week, more parties could participate in the process. Exchanges and developers will be available to deal with any sort of issues that might arise during the process.

The 17th of September isn’t set in stone for the Atlantis hard fork

There is no clear estimation of the date, but according to ETC Labs, the most probable date would be September 17th. Of course, if any unexpected complications pop up, there could be a slight delay, because hard forks tend to be tricky.

By all accounts, it appears that the decision to postpone the Atlantis hard fork was unanimous. According to the official ETC blog post, the Atlantis hard fork is currently undergoing hard testing to prevent any possible bugs or unknown consequences.

A few days delay on the hard fork doesn’t seem to be an issue for anyone in the Ethereum community. The old saying “better safe than sorry” holds a lot of value in the Ethereum community after the DAO was hacked and its security flaws exploited.

The Ethereum community is also used to delays. The Constantinople hard fork was postponed literally hours before the hard fork was scheduled to go live. After potential vulnerabilities were discovered, the Ethereum Core Developers stated that this was the only reasonable course of action.

This little predicament was a headache for both exchanges and miners. This is probably why all the extra measures are taken to ensure that the Atlantis hard fork happens on time and without complications.

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