East Asia Minerals Corporation
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East Asia Minerals Corporation

September 21, 2010 07:30 ET

East Asia's EMD040 Adds to Miwah With 2.22 g/t Gold Over 82 Metres Within 117 Metres of 1.68 g/t Gold, and Bottoms EXD003 in 11.78 g/t Gold Over 3.5 Metres

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2010) - East Asia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAS) announces that it continues to advance the gold-rich Miwah Project in Aceh Province, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Several new holes have been completed, including EXD003 which has expanded the Miwah Main Zone well into the northing of Moon River where high-grade gold mineralization remains open to the north (1.31 g/t gold over 46 metres, including 11.78 g/t gold over 3.5 metres at the end of hole). Continuity from previous gold-rich drill holes was demonstrated by EMD040 which encountered 1.68 g/t gold over 117 metres, including 2.22 g/t gold over 82 metres, followed by several gold-bearing horizons to end of hole.

Regional exploratory drilling has also stepped out to the east of the Miwah Main Zone to for test continuity with the recently discovered East Block M area where channel sampling encountered 2.22 g/t gold over 27.5 metres. Drilling has recommenced at full pace, following a break from September 2 to 19 in respect of the Lebaran (Idul Fitri) holiday season of Ramadan.

EMD038 was drilled with a due south azimuth and 55 degree dip to test for the down-faulted mineralized block intersected in EMD032 and partially intersected in EMD036, in the area west of Miwah Bluff. The hole was stopped at 174.3 metres due to drilling difficulties and the appearance of quartz diorite porphyry from 151.8 to the end of hole. The presence of intrusive rock, combined with elevated faulting in this area, resulted in EMD038 being less intensively silica altered than typical of the Miwah Main Zone. It is interpreted that this diorite and faulting is local and that the more intensely altered gold-bearing horizon exists along strike in all directions. No significant assays were received.

EMD039 was drilled with a 274 degree azimuth and 50 degree dip to test between EMD008 (2.11 g/t gold over 100 metres, including 4.81 g/t gold over 30 metres) and EMD014 (1.38 g/t gold over 101 metres, including 1.95 g/t gold over 58 metres). The hole was completed at 205.5 metres and encountered 0.38 g/t gold from 120 to 128.05 metres (8.05 metres) and 0.18 g/t gold from 177 to 205.5 metres (28.5 metres) where it finished in visually favourable alteration/mineralization. The alteration/mineralization is open to the west towards EMD014 and at depth, and is interpreted to be contiguous to gold-rich holes drilled in all other directions.

EMD040 was drilled with a 210 degree azimuth and 55 degree dip to test for continuity of mineralization towards EMD033 (1.34 g/t gold over 323.1 metres, including 1.51 g/t gold over 270.5 metres). The hole was completed at 341.3 metres and encountered 1.68 g/t gold from 56 to 173 metres (117 metres), including 2.22 g/t gold from 56 to 138 metres (82 metres) and 4.88 g/t gold from 67 to 86 metres (19 metres). Further down-hole assays included 0.85 g/t gold from 198 to 233 metres (35 metres) and 0.84 g/t gold from 254 to 269 metres (15 metres). EMD040 ended in mineralization, with 0.31 g/t gold from 324.5 to 341.3 metres (16.8 metres). The alteration/mineralization is open to the north, to the west towards EMD026 and at depth, and is interpreted to be contiguous to gold-rich holes drilled in all other directions.

EMD041 was drilled with a 22 degree azimuth and 55 degree dip to test for mineralization north from the EMD008-011 Block M area of the Miwah Main Zone, towards Moon River. The hole ended in mineralization at 211.8 metres and encountered 1.02 g/t gold from 98 to 211.8 metres (113.8 metres), including 3.87 g/t gold from 121 to 135 metres (14 metres) and 1.35 g/t gold from 161 to 177 metres (16 metres). The mineralization is open to the north towards Moon River and at depth, and is interpreted to be contiguous to gold-rich holes drilled in all other directions.

EMD042 was drilled with a 302 degree azimuth and 35 degree dip to test for the extension of mineralization north of the Miwah Main Zone towards EMD037/037B. The hole ended in mineralization at 210.4 metres and encountered 0.79 g/t gold from 79 to 210.4 metres (131.4 metres), including 0.95 g/t gold from 113 to 210.4 metres (97.4 metres). The mineralization is open to the northeast towards Moon River and at depth, and is interpreted to be contiguous to gold-rich holes drilled in all other directions.

EMD043 was abandoned in favourable alteration/mineralization at 41.7 metres due to heavy rains resulting in unsafe drill pad conditions. The hole was originally designed with a 230 degree azimuth and 50 degree dip to test west from the Moon River area towards mineralization intersected in EMD033 and EMD037/037B. It has been replaced by EMD043B.

EMD043B, located 30 metres southwest of EMD043, used the same orientation to continue testing the original target west from the Moon River area. The hole encountered favourable alteration/mineralization from 65 metres through to the end of hole at 207.7 metres. Assays are pending.

EMD044 is progressing well and is a vertical drill hole designed to test for depth extent of mineralization encountered by EMD033 (1.34 g/t gold over 323.1 metres, including 1.51 g/t gold over 270.5 metres with 2.33 g/t gold over 89 metres, followed by 1.87 g/t gold over 71 metres). Thus far the hole has encountered favourable alteration/mineralization from 39.4 to 57.5 metres, and 107.7 to 222.2 metres. The current depth is 235.4 metres.

EMD045 has commenced with a due west azimuth and 50 degree dip to test the distribution of alteration/mineralization west of EMD041 towards EMD033.

EXD002 was drilled with a 20 degree azimuth and 50 degree dip to test for gold mineralization in the Signal area where trench assays include 1.35 g/t gold over 14 metres. The hole was stopped at 154.5 metres downhole in a large fault zone due to drilling difficulties. The Company interprets that the favourable alteration/mineralization encountered in this fault zone (147.3 to 154.5 metres) persists on the other side. On surface this zone correlates with a large northwest-southeast trending drainage, which is the northwest expression of the previously reported Rusa Fault Zone. Assays are pending.

EXD003 was drilled with a due south azimuth and 55 degree dip to test for gold mineralization 100 metres north from EMD029, in the western Moon River area. Previous hole EMD029 encountered 1.07 g/t gold over 103.5 metres, including 2.01 g/t gold over 44 metres, extending the Miwah Main Zone north from EMD024 where 3.96 g/t gold over 111 metres, including 15.74 g/t gold over 22 metres was drilled at the end of hole. EXD003 encountered 1.31 g/t gold from 174.5 metres to the end of hole at 220.5 metres (46 metres), including 11.78 g/t gold from 217 to 220.5 metres (3.5 metres) where it finished in gold mineralization. This included a 1.25 metre interval of 30.37 g/t gold in the penultimate sample from 218 to 219.25 metres. The alteration/mineralization is interpreted to be contiguous to gold-rich holes drilled to the south, and is open in all other directions and at depth. The depth to top of target is interpreted as due to gently north-dipping geology and block-faulting (refer to updated NS section at www.EAminerals.com). The high-grade gold intervals at the end of EXD003 and EMD024 will be extended with a deeper capacity drill rig later in the program.

EXD004 has commenced with an 80 degree azimuth and 65 degree dip to test the extension of alteration/mineralization to the southeast of Moon River and northeast of Block M where recent channel sampling encountered 2.22 g/t gold over 27.5 metres in the East Block M area (refer to August 27, 2010 news release, and drill location map at www.EAminerals.com).

East Asia has diamond drill validated the 1.2 kilometre east-west outcropping width of the shallow, laterally extensive Miwah Main Zone, and has encountered significant gold mineralization in more than 95% of all holes analyzed to date. 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. Recent sampling east of the Miwah Main Zone in the East Block M area has potentially expanded the east-west width another 400 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 75,655,872 shares outstanding. Its shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EAS".

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