East Asia Minerals Corporation

East Asia Minerals Corporation

July 07, 2010 08:00 ET

East Asia Minerals Expands Miwah Main Zone With Partial Assays of 1.68 g/t Gold Over 230.5 Metres; Remaining Contiguous Assay Interval Expected Soon

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) - East Asia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAS) announces that drilling has greatly expanded the gold-rich Miwah Main Zone in Aceh Province, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, and has further confirmed the potential to connect with the Moon River area. Partial assays received for EMD033 report 1.68 g/t gold over 230.5 metres, including 2.33 g/t gold over 89 metres followed by 1.87 g/t gold over 71 metres. This covers a large area of the deposit extending north from East Asia's existing drilling. In addition, EMD034, designed to test west of all drilling to date, encountered 87.9 metres of 0.55 gpt gold including 28.9 metres of 1.14 gpt gold, extending the reach of the Miwah mineralization beyond the initially modelled deposit size and adding significant gold ounce potential.

EMD033 was drilled northeast from EMD014/026 using a 030 degree azimuth and 55 degree dip to test the extension of alteration/mineralization northeast of the Block M portion of the Miwah Main Zone and southwest of Moon River. The hole was completed at 349.6 metres downhole depth and encountered 1.68 g/t gold from 26.5 to 257 metres (end of sample batch; samples for 257 metres to end of hole are pending); including 2.33 g/t gold from 58 to 147 metres, and 1.87 g/t gold from 162 to 233 metres. The mineralization is open to the north, east and at depth, and is interpreted to be contiguous to gold-rich holes drilled in all other directions. EMD033 has made a substantial positive impact towards endorsing the modelled upside of the Miwah Main Zone being continuous to the Moon River area. Should the Miwah Main Zone connect to the Moon River area, the potential is to double the initial pre-drilling model size.

"The results of EMD033 are very significant, with the gold assays validating a large previously untested area of the shallow, gently north dipping Miwah Main Zone between Moon River and the central Block M area," commented Michael Hawkins, President and CEO of East Asia Minerals. "This supports the notion of wide superior gold grade intervals in the Block M area extending northerly from EMD008-012A. Based on detailed drill core logging we anticipate that the gold mineralization in EMD033 will extend contiguously past the partial assay interval for a considerable distance."

EMD034 was drilled with a due east azimuth and 47 degree dip to test further west of the Miwah Main Zone from EMD032. The hole was completed at 200 metres downhole depth and encountered 0.55 g/t gold from 106.1 to 194 metres, including 1.14 g/t gold from 106.1 to 135 metres. The mineralization is open to the north, south, west and at depth, and is interpreted to be contiguous to the east towards previously drilled gold-rich holes. This is the furthest west that East Asia has drilled Miwah to date, and validates the recently recognized west extension continuously over a three-hole east-west fence (EMD028, 032, 034).

EMD035 was drilled with a due east azimuth and 47 degree dip to further validate the Miwah Bluff portion of the Miwah Main Zone. The hole was completed at 196 metres and encountered visually favourable alteration/mineralization from 43.2 to 114.1 metres downhole depth. Assays are pending.

EMD036 was drilled with a due west azimuth and 55 degree dip to test for continuity directly west of EMD035 and to further explore/expand the west extension of the Miwah Main Zone under shallow cover. The hole was completed at 200 metres and encountered visually favourable alteration/mineralization from 19.6 to 34.1 metres, 59 to 105.9 metres, and 158.7 to 182 metres. Assays are pending.

EMD037 is progressing well, using the same larger capacity drill rig as EMD033, and is being drilled with a 135 degree azimuth and 40 degree dip towards EMD008-012A (EMD008 drilled 2.11 g/t gold over 100 metres, including 4.81 g/t gold over 30 metres; and EMD012A drilled 1.28 g/t gold over 183.5 metres, including 1.79 g/t gold over 113.2 metres and 2.11 g/t gold over 77.7 metres). This hole is designed to validate a large area to the east of EMD033 and to continue to prove up the potential to connect the Miwah Main Zone with the Moon River area. Thus far EMD037 has encountered visually favourable alteration/mineralization from 34 to 137 metres, and 165 to 168 metres where the hole is continuing.

EMD038 has just commenced, using a due south azimuth and 55 degree dip to test the down-faulted mineralized block intersected in EMD032 and partially intersected in EMD036. (Refer to drill location map at www.EAminerals.com).

The Miwah diamond drill program continues to execute its advanced exploration bias, which is successfully maintaining geological control of the gold-bearing horizon to effectively define the limits of the known gold mineralization. A third drill rig will be brought to site soon to test farther reaching drill targets such as Sipopok and the west and east down-faulted extensions to the Miwah Main Zone. This drilling will follow near-completed detailed work designed to establish the tight geological controls required to increase opportunities for drilling success. In-fill resource drilling will commence once the limits to the Miwah Gold Zones have been delineated.

East Asia has drill validated the 1.2 kilometre east-west outcropping width of the shallow, laterally extensive Miwah Main Zone, and has encountered gold mineralization in all of its holes. The Miwah Main Zone remains open in all directions with the Moon River area expanding the north-south potential to more than 600 metres, whilst remaining open further to the north towards Sipopok. Drilling has extended the Miwah Main Zone towards a similar northing as Moon River. Sampling west of the Miwah Main Zone in the Signal area has potentially expanded the east-west width another 600 metres and remains open.

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 from the ongoing drill program which is based on increased geological understanding. An example is the intersection of 3.96 g/t gold over 111 metres, including 15.74 g/t gold over 22 metres from East Asia's diamond drill hole EMD024.

Based on the Company's work Miwah is resolving into two components; a large 1,200 metre long, at least 450 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. 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 eight uranium properties, including the advanced Ingiin-Nars, Ulaan Nuur and Enger uranium projects, and two phosphate properties in Mongolia. East Asia currently has 75,503,372 shares outstanding. Its shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EAS".

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