East Asia Minerals Corporation

East Asia Minerals Corporation

March 01, 2011 08:30 ET

East Asia Minerals Begins Phase II Drill Program at Sangihe Gold Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - East Asia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAS) is pleased to announce that it has commenced a Phase II drilling program at its Sangihe gold project, located in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. A 200-metre capacity diamond drill rig is currently on its way to site and will begin drilling at the Binebase oxide gold deposit within 10 days. A total of 4,000 metres of diamond drilling are planned during this campaign, which is targeted for completion by calendar year end.

The Phase II drill program will focus on expansion of the surface and near-surface gold resources at both Binebase and Bawone through further in-fill and extension drilling. In addition, beginning in April, an airborne magnetic survey will be conducted over a significant portion of the license area to generate new prospects.

East Asia also intends to conduct initial drilling at the Salurang, Sede, Kupa and Taware gold prospects, which are known to host gold-bearing quartz veins. At the Sede and Kupa prospects, significant gold results have been obtained from sets of northeast-trending quartz-sulphide veins defined by small pits and adits. The veins at the Sede prospect are intermittently developed over a strike length of approximately 800 metres. Widths of individual veins vary from a few centimetres to over a metre. Channel sampling by East Asia has produced results of up to 4.57 g/t gold over 4.75 metres, which, although not true width of the vein, indicates the presence of elevated gold within the vein wall rocks. High grade results of greater than 5 g/t gold in individual samples are present at the Sede, Kupa and Taware prospects.

East Asia completed the Phase I drill program at Sangihe in 2008, which included 7,561 metres of drilling in 79 shallow holes at the Binebase (62 holes) and Bawone (17 holes) prospects. In addition, almost 1,700 surface samples were collected.

In September 2010, East Asia released an initial NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate for its Sangihe gold project. The Binebase deposit has an inferred resource of 17.9 million tonnes at 0.76 g/t gold and 18.7 g/t silver for a total of 435,234 ounces gold and 10,716,742 ounces silver. The Bawone deposit has an inferred resource of 9.5 million tonnes at 1.32 g/t gold and 4.0 g/t silver for a total of 401,484 ounces gold and 1,210,495 ounces silver (news release September 22, 2010).

Samples reported were assayed at PT SGS Indoassay Balikpapan Lab. Darryl Clark, PhD, MAusIMM, the designated QP within the meaning of NI43-101 has reviewed and approves the content of this release.

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 77,069,872 shares outstanding. Its shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EAS".

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