Drilling Commences at Empire's Karapinar Copper Porphyry

Drilling Commences at Empire's Karapinar Copper Porphyry Project,
Turkey; New Mapping Shows Porphyry to Extend to at Least 1,500 Meters
by 450 Meters at Surface 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/12 -- Empire
Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EPC) ("Empire") is pleased to
announce that an initial 3,000 meter, ten hole diamond core drilling
program has commenced at its Karapinar copper porphyry project in
Turkey. First Quantum Minerals Ltd. is funding the program and can
earn an initial 51% interest by among other things, completing $8.5
million in exploration expenditures. For additional information on
the First Quantum option, please see Empire's news release of August
20, 2012. 
Drilling by Empire at Karapinar in 2011 intersected a 60 meter zone
of chalcocite enrichment grading 0.93% Copper, 0.11 gpt Gold and
0.017% Molybdenum from a hole depth of 79.6 to 139.6 meters. The
secondary enrichment lies beneath a 48 meter zone of oxide
mineralization. The hole was one of the easternmost holes drilled at
Karapinar, revealing significant expansion potential. Geological
mapping has defined a porphyry footprint at least 1,500 meters x 450
meters at surface and a follow-up IP/Resistivity survey carried-out
by Empire located and outlined a strong chargeability anomaly 800 x
800 meters across with circular shape partially exposed at surface.
The most western flange of the anomaly correlates with the area where
drilling intersected the 60 meter zone of chalcocite enrichment,
suggestive of a possible extension of leached porphyry east of the
existing deposit. 
The planned drill-holes are mainly, but not exclusively, focused on
the area north east and east of drill-hole KDH018 which intersected
the 60 meter zone of chalcocite enrichment. This area was identified
as having potential for further secondary enrichment copper as a
result of extending IP coverage under an area mapped as 'undetermined
lithology' and will be tested by seven holes. Mapping from new road
cuts has confirmed the presence of leached granodiorite porphyry in
this area and has now demonstrated porphyry style mineralization over
a distance of 1,500 meters. 
Two evident zones of potassic alteration at surface have been
identified during recent mapping. The first is the potassic zone that
ha
s been tested in the previous drilling campaigns and has undergone
partial sericitic alteration overprinting the potassic, suggestive of
a possible telescoped porphyry system. The sericitic footprint
identified surrounding the potassic core widely extends to the east
and northeast, where it also correlates with an IP anomaly. The
second identified zone of potassic alteration lies approximately 500
meters to the north-west from the previously drilled cluster and will
initially be tested by a single hole. 
IP and drilling has opened up the potential to the east and northeast
of the previous drill-hole groupings and led to a complete review of
all the geological data based primarily on re-logging of core and
additional mapping into areas that have little or no exposure. The
re-logging of diamond drill core identified at least four porphyry
phases, two of them with significant copper mineralization. 
A stockworked granodiorite (Phase 1) that typically grades up to 0.3%
copper and is assumed to be the initial mineralized event. This phase
comprises dominantly potassic (biotite) alteration. 
A sheeted vein granodiorite containing disseminated chalcopyrite
(Phase 2) which yields slightly enhanced primary grades compared with
Phase 1. This type is most amenable to leaching and secondary
enrichment mineralization and is dominantly sericitic altered. 
A zone of quartz-magnetite-chalcopyrite overprint veining has also
been identified, where primary mineralization yields copper grades
typically in excess of 0.6% copper and 0.2 gpt gold. This style has
been observed in a number of holes, particularly in KDH006, as well
as in outcrop discovered during the course of mapping 750 meters
west-northwest of the previous drill cluster and grading 0.3% copper,
despite leaching at surface. This will be tested by a single hole
initially. 
In addition to the holes described above, two further holes are
planned. One is aimed at a copper soil anomaly and chargeability
response in an area of intensely weathered lithology interpreted as
granodiorite and lying approximately 600 meters east-southeast of
KDH018. It is also planned to deepen hole KDH016, which stopped
prematurely in leached and oxide copper mineralization and above a
possible secondary copper zone.  
The planned drilling, photos from the newly opened porphyry outcrop,
an alteration map, and a section of KDH018 with the potential
enrichment zone extension coincident with an IP anomaly, can be
viewed at the following link: 
www.empireminingcorp.com/i/nr/2012-10-picsmap.pdf 
As well as testing the potential for near surface secondary
enrichment copper, the drilling campaign will also incorporate at
least two deeper holes along with core orientation. Because mapping
and re-logging has demonstrated the different phases and
mineralization styles, as well as two evident zones of potassic
alteration at surface, it is important to collect additional
fundamental information to support further work. 
Notwithstanding the fact that the mapped porphyry has been extended
from a previously drilled area of some 450 meters by 450 meters to
1,500 meters by 450 meters, a threefold extension of the mapped
footprint, the Phase 2 intrusive which is more amenable to leaching
and secondary enrichment brought about by a hydromorphic process has
been confirmed well beyond KDH018 to the northeast. 
Quality Assurance/Quality Control 
All core was sawn in half with sample widths determined by geology
and mineralization. Individual samples within visible mineralization
did not exceed 1.0 m, while the maximum sample interval was 2.0 m.
Samples were bagged, security tagged and sent to the ALS Chemex
sample preparation facility in Izmir, Turkey and, following
preparation, to the ALS Chemex laboratory in Vancouver. Gold was
determined by fire assay with AA finish, ore grade repeats were run
with ICP-AES and a total of 33 elements determined by ICP after
four-acid digestion. Blank, replicate and Certified Reference
Material QAQC samples were distributed regularly in the assayed
batches and their total numbers are presented in Table 1.  


 
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Total Number of            Number of         Number of   Total Number of
Assayed Samples            Standards        Duplicates      QAQC Samples
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1583                              76                62               138
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Table 1: Number of samples and QA/QC samples from Karapinar property        

 
In addition, ALS Chemex performed internal check assaying on about 5%
of the samples, and also included analyses of internal standards
inserted into the sample string. 
Empire's Qualified Person, David C. Cliff, BSc (Hons), MIMMM, C Eng.,
FGS, also Empire's President & CEO, has reviewed and approved the
content of this news release. 
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD 
David Cliff, President & CEO 
This release contains forward-looking information and statements, as
defined by law including without limitation Canadian securities laws
and the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("forwa
rd-looking statements"),
respecting Empire's exploration plans. Forward-looking statements
involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual
results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by
the forward-looking statements, including without limitation that
plans may change as results are obtained; the ability to acquire
necessary permits and other authorizations; environmental compliance;
cost increases; availability of qualified workers; competition for
mining properties; risks associated with exploration projects,
mineral reserve and resource estimates (including the risk of
assumption and methodology errors); dependence on third parties for
services; non-performance by contractual counterparties; title risks;
and general business and economic conditions. Forward-looking
statements are based on a number of assumptions that may prove to be
incorrect, including without limitation assumptions about: drilling
plans based on present knowledge and expectations; general business
and economic conditions; the timing and receipt of required
approvals; availability of financing; power prices; ability to
procure equipment and supplies; and ongoing relations with employees,
partners and joint venturers. The foregoing list is not exhaustive
and Empire undertakes no obligation to update any of the foregoing
except as required by law. 
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider
(as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 
Contacts:
Empire Mining Corporation
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604-634-0970 or 1-888-818-1364
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