As of 24 May 2021, recovery operations are ongoing following a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Yunnan province and a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Qinghai province during the evening of 21-22 May. In Qinghai, the earthquake caused the collapse of the Yematan bridge and the Changma River bridge — located along the Yugong and Huajiu expressways — and caused some damage to various roadways throughout the province. Authorities also closed the Gongyu and Huajiu expressways due to the damage and continuing aftershocks; however, major highways in the affected areas have since reopened. At least 18 people suffered injuries due to the earthquake. Emergency shelters have been erected in the most affected areas of Qinghai province.

In Yunnan province, at least three people were killed and 28 more suffered injuries. In Maduo county, a bridge collapsed trapping several motorists in their vehicles. Officials also reported minor shaking-related damage to roads, homes and buildings.