Chicxulub Pueblo

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Chicxulub Pueblo
Municipal Seat
Chicxulub Pueblo, Yucatán (04).JPG
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 code985
INEGI code310200001

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

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

The center of the Chicxulub Impact Crater (approx 21°20'N 89°30'W) is off the Yucatan coast, near Chicxulub Puerto

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 extinction of all non-avian dinosaurs. The coastal village (or puerto) of Chicxulub, in the neighboring municipality of Progreso, lies almost exactly on the geographic center of the crater.

The name Chicxulub is from the Yucatec Maya language meaning 'the devil's flea'.[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. S2CID 6112274.
  4. ^ Victoria Bricker (1998). A Dictionary of the Maya Language as Spoken in Hocabá, Yucatán. p. 83. ISBN 9780874805697.

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