Chicxulub Pueblo

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Chicxulub Pueblo (Mayan pronunciation: [tʃʼikʃuluɓ] Ch’ik Xulub) is a town, and surrounding municipality of the same name, in the Mexican state of Yucatán.

Chicxulub Pueblo
Municipal Seat
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Chicxulub Pueblo is located in Yucatán (state)
Chicxulub Pueblo
Chicxulub Pueblo
Coordinates: 21°8′11″N 89°31′0″W / 21.13639°N 89.51667°W / 21.13639; -89.51667Coordinates: 21°8′11″N 89°31′0″W / 21.13639°N 89.51667°W / 21.13639; -89.51667
Country Mexico
MunicipalityChicxulub Pueblo
8 m (26 ft)
 • Total4,080[1]
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (Central Daylight Time)
Postal code
Area code(s)985
INEGI code310200001

At the census of 2010, the town had a population of 4,080 people.

Chicxulub is most famous for being near the geographic center of the Chicxulub crater, an impact crater discovered by geologists on the Yucatán Peninsula and extending into the ocean. It was created by the impact some 66 million years ago of the Chicxulub impactor, an asteroid or comet which caused[2][3] the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, which led to the demise of the dinosaurs. The coastal village (or puerto) of Chicxulub, 6 km east of the nearest town, Progreso, lies almost exactly on the geographic center of the crater.

The name Chicxulub is Yucatec Maya language, where ch’ik means "flea" or "tick", and xulub’ means "devil, demon, or horns".[4]


  1. ^ "Population and Housing Census 2010". National Institute of Statistics and Geography. 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ "International Consensus—Link Between Asteroid Impact and Mass Extinction Is Rock Solid". Lunar and Planetary Institute. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  3. ^ Renne, Paul R.; Deino, Alan L.; Hilgen, Frederik J.; Kuiper, Klaudia F.; Mark, Darren F.; Mitchell, William S.; Morgan, Leah E.; Mundil, Roland; Smit, Jan (7 February 2013). "Time Scales of Critical Events Around the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary". Science. 339 (6120): 684–687. Bibcode:2013Sci...339..684R. doi:10.1126/science.1230492. PMID 23393261.
  4. ^ Victoria Bricker, A Dictionary of the Maya Language as Spoken in Hocaba, Yucatan

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