Messina Minerals Inc.

Messina Minerals Inc.

November 08, 2006 09:30 ET

Messina Minerals Extends Hurricane Massive Sulphide Zone

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2006) - Messina Minerals Inc. ("MMI") (TSX VENTURE:MMI) has expanded the recently announced discovery of high-grade massive sulphide mineralization at the Hurricane target 700 meters along strike from the Company's Boomerang massive sulphide deposit within Messina's Tulks South Property located in central Newfoundland, Canada. Assays for two additional holes at Hurricane have been received and are reported below. Four drills continue to test for extensions to massive sulphide mineralization at Boomerang, Domino, and Hurricane.


Assays for two additional holes have been received; both holes have intersected significant massive sulphide mineralization. The results indicate the Hurricane massive sulphide discovery is thickening to the east; and the halo of base metal mineralization around the massive sulphide is also strengthening to the east. Assays are tabulated below for all four holes to date which have intersected Hurricane mineralization.

GA06-180, an undercut of GA06-176 on 4100E intersected 1.20 m of massive sulphide from 341.0 m to 342.2 m assaying 0.8% copper, 8.5% lead, 10.7% zinc, 124 g/t silver, and 0.5 g/t gold at 175 m elevation. This occurs within a broad 11.25 m zone of mineralization from 336.0 m to 347.25 m assaying 0.2% copper, 1.3% lead, 2.1% zinc, 22 g/t silver, and 0.1 g/t gold.

GA06-172, an undercut of GA06-153 on 4000E intersected 0.35 meters of massive sulphide from 370.85 m to 371.20 m assaying 0.1% copper, 4.1% lead, 4.5% zinc, 30 g/t silver, and 0.1 g/t gold at 125 m elevation.

Table: Drill Results from Hurricane to date

From To Inter- Cu Pb Zn Ag Au
Hole Section (m) (m) val % % % g/t g/t
GA06-153 4000E 348.20 348.50 0.50 0.9 7.2 16.1 240 0.4
GA06-172(i) 4000E 370.85 371.20 0.35 0.1 4.1 4.5 30 0.1
GA06-176 4100E 322.93 323.43 0.50 0.7 14.3 16.3 195 0.3
and 329.79 330.12 0.33 1.3 11.5 13.3 154 0.2
GA06-180(i) 4100E 336.00 347.25 11.25 0.2 1.3 2.1 22 0.1
including 341.00 342.20 1.20 0.8 8.5 10.7 124 0.5
(i) New results

The Hurricane massive sulphide intercepts exhibit high polymetallic grades, ranging between 20.0% and 31.3% combined copper+lead+zinc. Hurricane massive sulphides have been intersected along 100 meters of strike length and 70+ meters of dip length implying good length and dip continuity of this mineralized zone.

Hurricane massive sulphides lie at relatively shallow depth approximately 225 meters below surface and are located 700 meters east of the Company's Boomerang massive sulphide deposit in the vicinity of 4000E (see NR's October 4, 2006; October 23, 2006). The target is defined by extensive zinc-enriched alteration. Significant lengths of low-grade zinc mineralization are excellent exploration indicators of nearby massive sulphide deposits in the Boomerang area.

The volcanogenic alteration which allowed Messina's geologists to develop the Hurricane target and led to these massive sulphide intersections, is continuous along strike from the east at section 4400E through Hurricane at 4000E, Boomerang at 3300E, and continues through the Zinc Zone alteration zone to at least 1200E for a 3.2 kilometer strike length. This alteration extends to depth and also envelops the Domino massive sulphide lens which has also been tested by limited drilling.

Specific gravity testing, rock quality determinations and photographic logging of all massive sulphide intersections are performed systematically by Messina staff prior to assaying. Assays are performed by Eastern Analytical Limited of Springdale, Newfoundland. Check assays and other lithogeochemical analyses are performed by Chemex Labs of North Vancouver, British Columbia. The Company is and will continue to use methodical and geoscientifically accepted procedures for assaying including quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) including the use of duplicates and standards for all analytical testing. Drill holes are assigned a number if they are started and reach bedrock; hole numbers not referenced are those terminated before reaching target due to bad ground or excessive deviation.

Kerry Sparkes, Vice President Exploration of Messina Minerals Inc., is the Qualified Person responsible for exploration on the Company's properties in central Newfoundland and the person responsible for the technical data contained within this news release.

On behalf of the Board of Messina Minerals Inc.

Peter Tallman, President

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