JAW-DROPPING footage has emerged of a volcano erupting in the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck Mexico City.

Terrified residents looked on in horror as the Popocatépetl volcano burst into life as the earthquake tore through the Mexican capital.

In the clip posted to social media, a large plume of smoke is seen erupting into the sky from the top of the volcano, which is known to be very active with it erupting last month.

According to reports, 15 people were killed when a church on the slopes of the volcano collapsed during mass following the latest eruption.

The footage comes after Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto said at least 27 buildings had collapsed in the capital after the earthquake struck.

Reports have emerged of people trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings after the city was rocked at 1.15pm local time (7.15pm BST).

Mexican officials have said that the death toll so far is at least 216 people.

Many people fled into the streets, and electricity and phone lines were down in parts of the capital.

The earthquake comes just days after Mexico was hit by an 8.1 magnitude tremor, the biggest to hit Mexico in a century, killing at least 98 people.

The city and its surrounding area are home to about 20 million people.

The Mexican stock exchange suspended trading following the quake.

US President Donald Trump said on Twitter: “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.”

The quake comes on the 32nd  anniversary of a 1985 quake which killed 5,000 people and caused serious damage to the Greater Mexico City area.

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