East Asia Minerals Corporation

East Asia Minerals Corporation

February 09, 2010 08:30 ET

East Asia Drills 1.16 g/t Gold Over 21 Metres Within 109 Metres Grading 0.59 g/t Gold at Miwah; 1.2 Kilometre East-West Width Validated

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2010) - East Asia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAS) reports that exploration drilling at the Miwah Main Zone in Aceh Province, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, continues to demonstrate continuity of gold mineralization. At the eastern edge EMD016 encountered 0.59 g/t gold over 109 metres, including 1.16 g/t gold over 21 metres. East Asia has completed its 1.2 kilometre east-west validation of the shallow, laterally extensive Main Miwah Gold Zone, and has encountered significant gold mineralization in all of its holes. The Main Miwah Gold Zone remains open.

EMD016 was drilled with a 86 degree azimuth and 70 degree dip, and was shut down at 196.8 metres downhole depth. It is a step-out hole to the east of the mineralized strike drilled to date where the nearest holes EMD012A/013/015 encountered 1.28 g/t gold over 183.5 metres, including 2.11 g/t gold over 77.7 metres; and 1.01 g/t gold over 132.9 metres, including 1.64 g/t gold over 70.2 metres. Surface channel sampling in the target area gave 106.46 g/t gold over 4.6 metres, and 3.76 g/t gold over 8.45 metres. Gold grading 0.59 g/t was encountered from 23 to 132 metres downhole depth, including 1.16 g/t gold from 23 to 44 metres. The average of this 109 metre interval exceeds the resource cut-off grade of the Martabe deposits (reported at 0.5 g/t gold cut-off for Zones 30 and 40 in Pit 1 and Ramba Joring; and 0.3 g/t gold cut-off for Barani). The mineralization in EMD016 is open in all directions and at depth, and is interpreted to be contiguous to the west towards EMD013 and to surface.

NI43-101 resource estimate drilling is progressing well, including the following;

EMD017 was drilled with a 115 degree azimuth and 55 degree dip, from a location 150 metres north of EMD001/002/003 where 1.71 g/t gold over 158.0 metres, including 3.29 g/t gold over 66.0 metres; and 2.25 g/t gold over 142.9 metres, including 4.31 g/t gold over 51.0 metres were encountered to the southwest by the Phase One exploration drill campaign. This hole was designed to test silicification and mineralization northeast from the Miwah Bluff portion of the Main Zone, and encountered the targeted alteration and mineralization. Assays are pending.

EMD018 is being drilled with a due north azimuth and 30 degree dip to test the area north of EMD001/002/003. The targeted strong vuggy silica was entered at 38 metres depth, and the hole is continuing within this favourable zone at the current depth of 86 metres. Assays are pending.

EMD019 was drilled with a due south azimuth and 50 degree dip to test the area north of EMD001/002/003/018, and was completed at 200.2 metres. The targeted strong vuggy silica was encountered from 82.5 to 162 metres. Assays are pending.

EMD020 has commenced and is being drilled with a 205 degree azimuth and 50 degree dip to test the area west of EMD019 (Refer to drill location map on Company's website at www.EAminerals.com).

Miwah Background
The Miwah Gold Prospect was partially defined by approximately 3,100 metres of drilling in twelve holes by a previous explorer in 1997. All holes drilled during this program intersected significant alteration and mineralization with intercepts including 71 metres of 1.4 g/t gold and 58 metres of 1.1 g/t gold. The previous explorer suggested potential for 100 Mt at 1.1 to 1.2 g/t gold, however a review of the historical data indicates that early drilling was parallel to higher grade (greater than 5 g/t gold) structures at surface. Hence, in addition to greater mineralized tonnage, significantly higher overall grades are anticipated from better geological understanding, results of the Company's detailed sampling, and properly oriented drill holes.

Based on the Company's work Miwah is resolving into two components; a large 1,200 metre long, at least 300 to 400 metre wide, approximately 200 metre thick tabular zone; and vertical diatreme breccia feeder zones that are beneath and cut through this. At Miwah Gold Zones, East Asia has almost 2,500 metres of rock sawn channel samples which average 2.35 g/t gold. Grade expectations in Main Miwah Gold Zone exceed 1.5 g/t gold. Ongoing sampling verified the Company's confidence that higher overall gold grades can be achieved due to the presence of multiple high grade rock sawn channel samples throughout the strike, including 4.11 g/t gold over 200 metres at the eastern part of the Main Miwah Gold Zone, and 4.35 g/t gold over 27 metres at the western part. Recent drilling has supported this. In addition to the tabular zone the Company has begun to characterize some of the diatreme breccia feeder zones, with rock sawn channel samples including 83.59 g/t gold over 24 metres and 20.14 g/t gold over 12 metres. Recent drilling has supported this. These feeder zones have great potential to develop into substantial tonnages of higher grade gold mineralization in an area adjacent to the Main Miwah Gold Zone.

The Miwah Property is in a very similar volcanic setting to the Martabe gold-silver deposit, also located in North Sumatra (Purnama and Baskara resources: 127.8 million tonnes at 1.4 g/t gold (5.5 million ounces gold) and 15 g/t silver (60 million ounces silver), and the alteration system is of a comparable size. Miwah also exhibits a likeness to the size, style and geometry of the alteration system developed at the Pierina gold deposit in Peru (67.7 Mt grading 2.98 g/t gold and 22 g/t silver, giving a total 6.49 million ounces gold and 47.9 million ounces silver).

Samples reported were assayed at Intertek assay laboratories in Jakarta. Lionel Martin, P.Geo., the designated QP within the meaning of NI 43-101, has reviewed and approves the content of this release. East Asia has not verified the classification of the resource references and is not treating them as NI 43-101 defined resources verified by a QP, nor has it verified the cut-off grade references. Although the references of resources and cut-off are relevant to recognizing the potential of the Miwah project, they should not be relied upon.

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. Two of these, the Sangihe (Binebase-Bawone) and Barisan 1 (Abong) gold projects, are being advanced to define NI43-101 compliant resources. The Company owns eight uranium properties, including the advanced Ingiin-Nars, Ulaan Nuur and Enger uranium projects, and two phosphate properties in Mongolia. East Asia currently has 71,127,372 shares outstanding. Its shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EAS".

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