AN ASTONISHING video showing boats tossed about by raging waves on a river during the Mexican earthquake has emerged online.

The video, taken by Facebook user Alyne Tamir from a tour boat near Mexico City, shows vessels being tossed around as the powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck.

 The sheer power of the earthquake turned a smooth river into a seething churn
 The boats were tossed about on the waves
 The spot on the river was a short distance from the epicentre of the quake

The trees lining the river are also seen swaying wildly as the ground shakes.

The Philippine-based florist wrote: "I'm shaking but it's over. 7.4 earthquake with the epicentre an hour from here."

The quake that hit Mexico City killed at least 42 and forced millions of residents flee onto the streets.

Mexican President Pena Nieto says 27 buildings have collapsed in the Mexican capital leaving an unknown number of people trapped underneath.

Shocking footage shows buildings swaying side to side in the city as the initial calculations show the quake being felt by at least 30 million.

Incredibly the tremor came just hours after citizens had staged a drill on the anniversary of a 1985 quake which killed 10,000.

 A devastating 7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico City killing at least 55 people
 A devastating earthquake Mexico's capital on the anniversary of a 1985 quake which killed 10,000
 Rescue workers pull an injured man from a collapsed building in the Mexican capital
 Millions were left fleeing for shelter when the quake struck at 2pm local time
 Locals congregate to a safe haven after the devastating 7.1 quake to the city

Terrified locals fled to safety during the panic some with memories of the devastating quake 32 years ago.

At least five people have died in the central Mexican state of Puebla near Mexico City.

Unconfirmed reports from a local radio station say people have been left trapped beneath buildings.

US President Donald Trump shared his condolences tweeting: "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you."

Local Georgina Sanchez said: "I'm so worried. I can't stop crying. It's the same nightmare as in 1985."

The US Geological Survey say the 7.1 earthquake was too far from the 8.1 quake that struck the country 11 days ago to be treated as an aftershock.

Initial calculations say at least 30 million people would have felt at least moderate shaking from the quake.

The extent of damage or injuries is not yet immediately clear but people were seen fleeing office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue.

Locals were told not to smoke as the smell of cooking gas lurked around the city.

Mexico City's international airport has suspended flights after the 7.1 quake struck the central part of the country.

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