Tapachula (Mexico), Dec 17(ANI): A city in Mexico has installed a digital clock to count down the time left for December 21, 2012 - when some believe the world will end.
According to the Daily Express, the clock in Tapachula will start ticking over on Wednesday, a year before the supposed apocalypse.
Tapachula is not a popular Mayan tourism destination, but nearby Izapa is more of a draw - the Tree of Life stone was discovered there in the 1950s and is thought to convey an ancient Mayan tale.
The doomsday theories stem from a pair of tablets that describe the return of a Mayan god at the end of a 13th period of 400 years, which falls on December 21, 2012.
Experts say the date marks the end of a 5,125-year cycle that began in 3113 BC - and the start of another.
Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earth's collision with a black hole, passing asteroid or a planet called "Nibiru".
Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012.
Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture.
Astronomers and other scientists have rejected the proposed events as pseudoscience, stating that they are contradicted by simple astronomical observations. (ANI)