Messina Minerals Inc.
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Messina Minerals Inc.

January 11, 2011 12:54 ET

Messina Minerals Inc. Hurricane Drilling Intersects Zinc-Lead-Copper Massive Sulphides, Newfoundland

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2011) - Messina Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MMI) has received results and assays from three drill holes testing the Hurricane massive sulphide target 500 meters from Boomerang within its Tulks South Property located in central Newfoundland, Canada.

Messina has also received assays from prospecting in the vicinity of Hurricane conducted prior to the beginning of drilling.

Summary Results

Holes GA10-272 and GA10-274 intersected Hurricane massive sulphide zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold mineralization and GA10-273 intersected zinc-enriched stringer stockwork at ~200 meters below surface.

GA10-274 intersected massive sulphide mineralization assaying 8.5% zinc, 4.7% lead, 1.5% copper, 288 g/t silver and 1.0 g/t gold over 1.1 meters from 269.4 meters on 4050E at 210 meters vertical depth.

GA10-272 intersected massive sulphide mineralization assaying 7.9% zinc, 5.1% lead, 0.7% copper, 52 g/t silver and 0.3 g/t gold over 0.5 meters from 224.6 meters on 3950E at 185 meters vertical depth.

This phase of drilling confirms continuity of zinc-enriched massive sulphide mineralization at Hurricane between 3900E and 4100E and suggests the mineralization may continue to shallower depths and along strike to the east.

One sample collected from a ~50lb boulder of massive sulphides located 2 km northeast of the Hurricane prospect assayed 9.7% copper, 14.3% lead, 1.0% zinc, 239 g/t silver, and 2.1 g/t gold. The source of this mineralization has not been located. The assay is significant for the high copper content and highlights the prospectivity of the property for copper-enriched deposits.

Hurricane Drilling

Messina's drilling discovered the "Hurricane target" in 2006 by intersection of zinc-lead enriched massive sulphides on 4100E and in 2007 on 3900E over 200 meters length. Hurricane is located 500 meters along strike to the northeast of Boomerang >10% zinc-lead mineral resources (see details in NR November 24, 2010) at approximately 200 meters depth below surface. The best hole of eight (prior to this program) in GA07-214 intersected 13.2 meters massive sulphides assaying 14.7% zinc, 9.5% lead, 1.7% copper, 231 g/t silver and 1.1 g/t gold on 3900E at 250 meters below surface.

The primary objective of the December 2010 drilling tested for continuity of Hurricane mineralization over a 150 meter strike length between 3950E and 4050E at 50 meter spacing. Three drill holes were completed totalling 950 meters.

Two of three holes intersected massive sulphide zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold mineralization.

GA10-272 on 3950E at 185 meters below surface intersected massive sulphides assaying 7.9% zinc, 5.1% lead, 0.7% copper, 52 g/t silver and 0.3 g/t gold over 0.5 meters from 224.6 meters. A second semi-massive sulphide zone assayed 4.1% zinc, 1.6% lead, 0.3% copper, 23 g/t silver and 0.2 g/t gold over 4.5 meters from 236.3 meters.

GA10-273 on 4000E intersected anomalous zinc-enriched stringer stockwork over 9.0 meters from 259.9 meters.

GA10-274 on 4050E at 210 meters below surface intersected massive sulphide mineralization assaying 8.5% zinc, 4.7% lead, 1.5% copper, 288 g/t silver and 1.0 g/t gold over 1.1 meters from 269.4 meters.

This phase of drilling confirms continuity of zinc-enriched massive sulphide mineralization at Hurricane between 3900E and 4100E and suggests the mineralization continues to shallower depths and along strike to the east.

Prospecting

A total of 43 prospecting samples were collected and assayed from a 5km by 2 km area centred on the Hurricane target. The most significant result is from one sample collected from a ~50lb boulder of massive sulphides located 2 km northeast of the Hurricane prospect assayed 9.7% copper, 14.3% lead, 1.0% zinc, 239 g/t silver, and 2.1 g/t gold.

Six other base metal enriched massive sulphide boulders located previously in the area by Messina have assayed between 5.3% to 9.7% copper with no appreciable lead and between 0.2 g/t to 0.6 g/t gold.

No source for any of this mineralization has been located although these results continue to indicate prospectivity for copper-enriched massive sulphides.

Peter Tallman, President and CEO states, "Drilling has now documented continuity of Hurricane zinc-enriched massive sulphides over 250 meters from 3850E to 4100E with 50 meter spaced drill holes in 10 of 11 holes drilled. Results from these recent holes support Messina's new (2009/10) geological interpretation suggesting Hurricane gets shallower to the east. Additional drilling is required as the Hurricane zone remains open for expansion."

Protocols

Specific gravity, magnetic susceptibility, RQD testing and photographic logging is completed on whole core prior to sampling. Drill core is cut in half with a diamond saw and half the core was submitted to Eastern Analytical of Springdale, NF for analysis. All samples were assayed for gold by fire assay - atomic absorption finish, plus copper, lead, zinc, and silver by ICP (inductively coupled plasma). 'Over-limit' results using the ICP method were analyzed by assay techniques standard to that element. Pulps and coarse rejects from these samples are returned to Messina. Pulps are re-assayed by Chemex Labs of North Vancouver for check assays. Messina uses protocols standard to the industry and professional QA/QC procedures for assaying including the use of internal and external reference assay standards, duplicates, retention of pulps and coarse rejects and the maintenance of chain-of-custody among other procedures.

Holes were drilled southerly at approximately 150 degree azimuth and ~60 degrees dip at collar. The true thickness of the mineralization is estimated to be ~0.8 times the interval length. The mineralization has a steep 85 degree dip.

About Messina

Messina Minerals Inc. is a leading explorer for zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold massive sulphide deposits in Newfoundland, Canada on its extensive 400 square kilometer mineral lands, in a region known historically for its zinc resources and where the Company has made massive sulphide discoveries including "Boomerang" and "Domino". See our website for more information.

Peter Tallman, P.Geo., CEO and President of Messina Minerals Inc. is the Qualified Person who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical data contained in this news release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF MESSINA MINERALS INC.

Peter Tallman, Director

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