Fortuna discovers new high grade vein at Caylloma mine; Drilling intercepts 1.7 meters of 105 g/t Ag and 21 g/t Au
Vancouver, May 13, 2013 - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI | BVL: FVI | Frankfurt: F4S.F) is pleased to report that exploration drilling has intercepted high-grade silver-gold mineralization in the Ramal Piso Carolina and Don Luis veins, both located in the northern portion of the Caylloma District.
Exploration Drilling Highlights - Ramal Piso Carolina Vein
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Dr. Thomas I. Vehrs, VP of Exploration, commented, "The exploration results in the Ramal Piso Carolina Vein are very significant for the Caylloma District. Although gold is present in minor quantities in the other veins in the district, the Ramal Piso Carolina Vein is the first discovery of high-grade gold mineralization in the district. The high-grade mineralization remains open to depth and laterally to the northwest and to the southeast with exploration drilling continuing in the area to further test the lateral and depth extensions of the high-grade zone."
Exploration Drilling Highlights - Don Luis Vein
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Exploration drilling in the Don Luis area at Caylloma has also intercepted high-grade silver-gold mineralization. The 2013 drilling in the Don Luis area follows-up on drilling conducted in the area in 2010 and 2012 and further extends the mineralization to-depth. Particularly interesting are the results of drill holes DLUS002413 and DLUS002613, both of which encountered high-grade silver mineralization in the deeper portions of the western ore shoot.
Full assay results for the principal mineralized intervals in the forty-four drill holes completed at Caylloma in the first quarter of 2013 are appended to this news release. A location map and longitudinal sections for the Carolina, Ramal Piso Carolina and Don Luis veins are available at the following links:
Quality Assurance & Quality Control
Following detailed geological and geotechnical logging, drill core samples are split on-site by diamond sawing. One half of the core is submitted to the ALS Chemex Laboratory in Lima, Peru. The remaining half core is retained on-site for verification and reference purposes. Following preparation, the samples are assayed for gold and silver by standard fire assay methods and for silver and base metals by ICP and atomic absorption methods utilizing aqua regia digestion. The QA-QC program includes the blind insertion of certified reference standards and assay blanks at a frequency of approximately 1 per 15 normal samples as well as the inclusion of duplicate samples for verification of sampling and assay precision levels.
Thomas I. Vehrs, Ph.D., Vice President of Exploration, is a Qualified Person for Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Dr. Vehrs is a Founding Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME Registered Member Number 3323430RM) and is responsible for ensuring that the information contained in this news release is an accurate summary of the original reports and data provided to or developed by Fortuna Silver Mines.
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru and the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico. The company is selectively pursuing additional acquisition opportunities. For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
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Assay Results for Principal Mineralized Intervals:
|Est. True Width|
|CARS002513||No significant mineralized intervals|
|CARS002713||47.90||50.20||2.30||1.8||108||1.56||191||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS002813||No significant mineralized intervals|
|CARS002913||No significant mineralized intervals|
|CARS003113||157.80||158.20||0.40||0.4||105||3.86||311||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|159.60||159.90||0.30||0.3||56||1.64||144||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|162.05||162.50||0.45||0.5||24||1.81||121||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS003213||143.45||146.00||2.55||1.7||247||12.60||919||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS003413||194.40||194.70||0.30||0.2||78||2.60||217||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS003713||59.00||60.80||1.80||1.3||666||1.90||767||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|64.00||66.05||2.05||1.6||130||5.66||432||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|67.20||67.65||0.45||0.4||101||0.39||122||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|70.70||76.00||5.30||4.2||73||3.45||257||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|78.30||82.55||4.25||3.3||158||7.60||563||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS003813||76.10||77.50||1.40||1.1||279||0.13||286||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|85.00||91.20||6.20||4.3||55||4.23||281||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|91.90||92.80||0.90||0.6||44||1.73||137||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|94.40||95.85||1.45||1.0||78||1.51||158||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS003913||No significant mineralized intervals|
|CARS004013||70.50||70.80||0.30||0.3||92||2.37||218||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS004113||189.15||190.55||1.40||0.9||25||1.27||93||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS004213||88.60||92.15||3.55||2.2||36||0.52||64||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS004313||89.50||89.80||0.30||0.2||303||0.46||328||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS004413||No significant mineralized intervals|
|191.90||196.00||4.10||2.4||163||8.94||640||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS004713||280.00||281.65||1.65||0.7||29||0.58||60||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS004813||111.00||112.50||1.50||1.2||46||3.00||206||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|115.65||117.30||1.65||1.3||119||7.77||533||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|137.60||138.50||0.90||0.5||167||5.65||469||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|139.80||140.30||0.50||0.3||67||3.00||227||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|144.90||146.30||1.40||0.8||114||1.55||197||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS005013||221.00||221.65||0.65||0.4||989||3.98||1201||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|223.10||224.10||1.00||0.6||156||6.64||510||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|229.40||230.90||1.50||0.8||81||3.50||268||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS005113||221.90||222.20||0.30||0.2||56||7.04||432||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS005213||243.20||244.00||0.80||0.6||39||13.95||783||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|248.50||249.65||1.15||0.7||1759||18.28||2735||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS005513||306.40||308.85||2.45||1.7||105||21.28||1241||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|CARS005613||202.35||203.20||0.85||0.6||1759||1.77||1853||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|211.30||212.50||1.20||0.8||117||12.00||757||Ramal Piso Carolina|
|215.50||216.70||1.20||0.8||430||30.25||2044||Ramal Piso Carolina|