TEHRAN - An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit an area in southwest Iran on Friday, state television reported, but did not report any casualties.

The brief headline on state television said the tremor hit an area around Ramhormoz in Khuzestan province at 3.56 p.m. (1226 GMT)

Iranian media had reported three smaller earthquakes in the same region measuring four or above earlier in the day.