East Asia Minerals Corporation

East Asia Minerals Corporation

August 10, 2009 08:30 ET

East Asia Minerals Encounters 4.31 g/t Gold Over 51 Metres in Wider Interval of 2.25 g/t Gold Over 142.9 Metres From Diamond Drilling at Miwah

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2009) - East Asia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAS) reports that assays have been received for an additional diamond drill hole at its flagship Miwah Gold Project in Aceh Province, Northern Sumatra. The results continue to support the interpretation of shallow out-flowed, laterally extensive gold mineralization controlled by higher-grade feeder structures that cut through the 1.2 kilometre long Miwah Gold Zone. Drill hole EMD003 encountered 2.25 g/t gold over 142.9 metres, including 4.31 g/t gold over 51.0 metres.

EMD003 was drilled approximately 200 metres east of the currently mapped western end of the Main Miwah Gold Zone (Refer to map on Company's website at www.EAminerals.com), and positioned from the same drill pad as EMD001/002 with a northwest azimuth (305 degrees) and 47 degree dip. Gold mineralization was encountered from 9.1 to 152.0 metres downhole depth, with 4.31 g/t gold from 11.0 to 62.0 metres. The mineralization is open and interpreted to be contiguous to surface where rock sawn samples including 4.25 g/t gold over 27 metres were encountered; and is open to depth based on historic drill results from holes collared to the south and 60 metres lower in elevation. In addition the mineralization remains open in all directions. To the south EAS' hole EMD002 encountered 1.71 g/t gold over 158.0 metres, including 3.29 g/t gold over 66.0 metres, and to the southeast EMD001 encountered 1.97 g/t gold over 57.1 metres, including 2.78 g/t gold over 38.3 metres.

Drill core samples for holes EMD004 and 005 are currently at the lab preparation facilities and assays are expected within the next two weeks.

EMD004 was drilled with a west azimuth (270 degrees) and 30 degree dip to 175 metres, to validate a historic hole which encountered 71 metres of 1.42 g/t gold. EMD004 was collared from a pad located to the southwest of holes EMD001-003, and 60 metres lower in elevation.

Holes EMD005 to 007 are short scout holes positioned more than 300 metres to the south of EMD001 to 004, in the new South Miwah Bluff Gold Zone where rock sawn channel samples have returned up to 24 metres at 83.59 g/t gold. Following this scout drilling campaign the drill rig will be returned to the main east-west laterally extensive Miwah Gold Zone where drilling will be continued several hundred metres to the east of holes EMD001 to 004.

"We continue to be greatly encouraged by the Miwah gold system", stated Michael Hawkins, President and CEO of EAS. "Mineralization in the third hole of our program provides northerly strike extension to similar gold drilled in our first two holes. Our interpretation of high-grade structural feeder controls on the Main Miwah Gold Zone is now well supported; as is the confidence that higher overall grades than the 1.2 g/t gold average from surface channel sampling will be achieved. In addition, the recently discovered South Miwah Bluff Gold Zone continues to grow, and appears to represent exposure of the underlying higher-grade gold-bearing structures. Here results for more than 200 metres of rock sawn channel samples average 14 g/t gold. South Miwah Bluff displays the upside potential for continued exploration of the highly prospective Miwah land tenement".

The initial drill program will comprise 10 holes for a total of 2,000 metres to provide a 3D validation along the currently defined 1,200 metre east-west extent of the main Miwah gold-bearing silica zone, and an additional 150 metres for 3 scout holes to the south. This program will provide a further indication of the gold resource potential and the framework for follow-up drilling.

Miwah Background

The Miwah Gold Prospect was partially defined by approximately 3,000 metres of drilling in eleven 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, 300 to 400 metre wide, approximately 200 metre thick tabular zone; and vertical feeder zones that are beneath and cut through this. Within the tabular zone East Asia has over 2,000 metres of rock sawn channel samples which average 1.2 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 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 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. 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 Intertech 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. Although the references of resources 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 twelve uranium properties, including the advanced Ingiin-Nars, Ulaan Nuur and Enger uranium projects, four phosphate properties, and a 75% interest in the Khok Adar copper oxide discovery in Mongolia. East Asia currently has 64,855,372 shares outstanding. Its shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EAS".

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