East Asia Minerals Corporation

East Asia Minerals Corporation

May 09, 2011 08:30 ET

East Asia Announces NI43-101 Resource Estimate for Miwah; Growth Potential Verified by Open Sections and Drilling Outside Resource Block

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) -East Asia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAS) is pleased to announce that Mining Associates Pty Ltd ("MA") has provided an initial NI43-101 compliant resource estimate for the Miwah Gold Project in Aceh Province, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Based on 71 diamond drill holes the Inferred Resources, using a 0.20 g/t gold cut-off, are estimated at 103.9 million tonnes averaging 0.94 g/t gold and 2.68 g/t silver for 3.14 million ounces gold and 8.95 million ounces silver in near and at surface mineralization.

GradeContained Metal
Cut-Off Grade Au (g/t)Tonnage (Mt)Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)AuEq* (g/t)Au (Moz)Ag (Moz)AuEq* (Moz)
* Gold equivalents have been calculated assuming the two year trailing average metal prices and used a gold price of $US1,185 per ounce, and a silver price of $US20 per ounce for a silver to gold equivalency ratio of 56.42:1. Gold (Au) recovery is assumed 95% and silver (Ag) recovery is assumed 85%.

The resource estimate is contained within the Miwah Main Zone portion of the large Miwah Gold Project, and remains open for expansion. The reported NI43-101 inferred resource block measures 1300 metres east-west, up to 600 metres north-south, and 300 metres thick from the summit of the Miwah hill. Closer spaced drilling is required to upgrade Inferred Resources to the Indicated classification, whilst step-out drilling is required to determine the extents of the gold and silver mineralization which remain open.

During the course of the estimation work the independent consults, Mining Associates, noted and were impressed with the high level of professionalism with which the field programs were organised and executed.

"This initial resource estimate is encouraging for the Miwah project, especially because exploration drilling was largely stopped during the resource drilling campaign," said Michael Hawkins, President and CEO of East Asia Minerals. "Combined with the Sangihe project we have now defined in excess of 4 million ounces of shallow NI43-101 compliant gold resources. The Miwah and Sangihe gold deposits remain open for resource expansion with drills turning at both projects. Elsewhere on these projects there are several surface gold zones being primed for initial and follow-up drilling. The Company also anticipates completion of metallurgical, environmental and scoping studies at Miwah by year end. With a strong treasury, we are fully financed to move these programs forward."

The Company also notes significant gold-bearing drill intersections that remain open at the outer limits of and adjacent to the resource block, verifying the potential to quickly expand the initial resource estimate.

The gold-bearing Miwah Horizon remains open past drill holes EMD056 and EXD004 potentially expanding the resource block to the east, past drill holes EMD054/061/066 potentially expanding the resource block to the west, and past drill holes EMD047/050/051/060/064/065 potentially expanding the resource block to the north. Gold mineralized in holes EMD067/068 has not been included in the initial reported resource estimate and also expands the upside to the WNW.

Exploration drilling remains in progress with the objective to generate the next phase of data required to provide an update to the initial Miwah resource estimate (Refer to Miwah drill hole location map and table of gold-silver assays at www.EAminerals.com). The reader is referred to the Company's website at www.EAminerals.com where previous news releases of exploration and drilling at Miwah and Sangihe may be found.

Resource Estimation Methodology

The mineral resource estimate for the Miwah Main Zone gold deposit was completed by independent consultant Mr Ian A. Taylor, BSc (Honours Economic Geology), MAIG, MAusIMM, of Mining Associates, using accepted, industry standard methods that conform with National Instrument 43-101. Drill hole samples have been analyzed for silver and gold at Intertek assay laboratories in Jakarta, Indonesia. All sample results are monitored with an appropriate QA/QC program and passed the quality checks. The presence of potential outlier sample data was evaluated and top cuts applied for silver and gold, each lode was assessed independently and grade cuts applied accordingly, no samples were removed from the data set.

The grade of blocks measuring 12.5 metres by 12.5 metres by 2.5 metres were estimated in un-folded space using the Ordinary Krige algorithm as utilised by Surpac Geological Software (v6.1.4). The un-folded model was refolded into original 3D space; block volumes were checked against wireframe volumes and tonnage and grade was validated against an ordinary kriged 3D model, as expected the unfolded model performed better, better reflecting the nature and distribution of gold and silver grade.

Sample data was composited to two metres between the geological boundaries. A minimum of three samples and a maximum of 18 samples were used in the grade estimation of any particular block (88% of the blocks were informed by the maximum number of samples). Blocks were informed using anisotropic search ellipses as defined by variograms ranges, in three directions. The majority of domains were estimated using search ellipses with a 260 metres and 200 metres major axis radius for gold and silver respectively, a major to semi-major axis ratio of 1:2 and a major to minor axis ratio of 1:4 was applied to both gold and silver searches.

The tonnage at Miwah was calculated from block volumes based on a mathematical relation between grade and measured rock densities (drill core). At Miwah bulk density is related to the oxidation state of the rock. The oxidation states of each block were estimated using indicator kriging. Density was assigned based on the proportion of each oxide state in the block. The average bulk density of all material types is 2.39.

Blocks were classified as Inferred mineral resources based on geological and grade continuity, the nominal drill spacing at Miwah is 75m centers. A technical report on the Miwah gold deposit will be filed with SEDAR within 45 days of this release.

Mr Ian A. Taylor, BSc (Honours Economic Geology), MAIG, MAusIMM, of Mining Associates, the designated Independent QP within the meaning of NI 43-101, has reviewed and approves the content of this release that relate to Miwah Main Zone Inferred Resource.

About East Asia Minerals Corporation

East Asia Minerals (TSX VENTURE:EAS) is an Asian-based, Canadian mineral exploration company with gold and copper exploration properties in Indonesia, and uranium exploration properties in Mongolia. In Indonesia the Company has a 70 to 85% interest in six advanced gold and gold-copper properties located in Aceh Province, Sumatra, and Sangihe Island, North Sulawesi. The Company owns seven uranium properties, including the advanced Ingiin-Nars, Ulaan Nuur and Enger uranium projects, and two phosphate properties in Mongolia. East Asia currently has 77,962,872 shares outstanding. Its shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EAS".

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