SCP-003-PT
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Area with suspected proliferation of SCP-003-PT-1 (yellow) and area with confirmed proliferation of SCP-003-PT-2 (red)

Item #: SCP-003-PT

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Any area suspected of encompassing SCP-003-PT-1 must be externally introduced with Euschistus heros1, bred and genetically modified for independent propagation and food preference for SCP-003-PT-2 and any plant of the encompassing gene (specimens of E. heros are kept in reserves at Site PT60). Inspections should be carried out once a month to assess and confirm continued effectiveness in the local extinction of SCP-003-PT-2.

Areas with a biome similar to SCP-003-PT-1's native biome must be inspected monthly for signs of initial SCP-003-PT-2 proliferation. Observed failure in the described containment procedures must be recorded and submitted within a maximum period of 2 months. After said period, population evacuation measures within a radius of 600,000 km² must be carried out with top priority.

Description: SCP-003-PT is a climatic-geological phenomenon caused by the natural cultivation of at least 202 individual3 saplings/patches of SCP-003-PT-1 in soil with high concentrations of SCP-003-PT-1, followed by nutrient scarcity, for a supposed interval of 4 to 6 months. Historical records point to SCP-003-PT as an event occurred in the years 1███ and 197█, however theories of anomalous causes were only raised after the discovery and evaluation of the properties of SCP-003-PT-2. Studies of possible historical and/or global geological phenomena associated with SCP-003-PT-1 and -2 are ongoing.

SCP-003-PT-1 is the designation for a soil compound4, originated by natural climatic conditions present in semi-arid regions, especially the Northeast region of Brazil. SCP-003-PT-1 looks identical to similar soil types in its biome and does not have anomalous properties as long as it does not have cultivation relationships with SCP-003-PT-2, together with the conditions necessary for the triggering of SCP-003-PT.

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SCP-003-PT-2

SCP-003-PT-2 are plant groups of the genus Alternanthera dentata5, commonly found in tropical and temperate biomes. SCP-003-PT-2 is rarely found in semi-arid biomes (native of SCP-003-PT-1) due to its high demand for nutrients and continuous hydration. How and when such plants were proliferated in SCP-003-PT-1's native biomes is still unknown, but hypotheses cite possible external introduction by migrant avian fauna or experiments with Genetically Modified Organisms by agricultural producers in the region.

SCP-003-PT manifests itself as a high-impact climatic-geological composite event, despite the fact that the area affected is relatively small6. This event usually has a default order of execution (called Steps):

  1. SCP-003-PT-1 suffers from lack of water and SCP-003-PT-2 loses nutrients, triggering SCP-003-PT.
  2. SCP-003-PT begins, creating Cumulus congestus7 in a 300 km radius for 10 minutes. It begins to drizzle.
  3. 8.0 to 9.0 magnitude tidal waves begin at the closest tectonic plate convergence zone to SCP-003-PT-1 and -2.
  4. The drizzle from Stage 2 gets worse, taking the form of a storm. Winds with a degree of 7 on the Beaufort scale can be recorded moving towards the submarine earthquake caused earlier.
  5. Tsunami signs can be recorded ~200km from the previous earthquake; the phenomenon is directed towards the location of SCP-003-PT-1 and -2, regardless of the preexisting maritime flow in the area.
  6. Tsunami reaches the continent's coastal area, with amplitude varying from 15 to 25 at the moment.
  7. Tsunami travels distance necessary to reach location of SCP-003-PT-1 and 2.
  8. SCP-003-PT ceases activity approximately 2 days after its onset. Despite SCP-003-PT's impact, SCP-003-PT-2 remains rooted and appears healthier.

As stated, phenomena caused by SCP-003-PT are usually catastrophic for the region's fauna, flora and native population; nevertheless, the newly created water body extension is not preserved, and is rapidly absorbed8 by SCP-003-PT-1 in mixed soil. "Recovery" time of the geographical area (with the exception of fauna/flora loss) is usually 1 month, after which adaptable life forms can be reintroduced.

Discovery: On 11/12/19██, after a drought of 4 months and 16 days in areas farther from the seafront of the cities of Caiçara do Norte, São Bento do Norte and Pedra Grande-RN, local news reported heavy clouds rapidly expanding, covering most of the cities; despite the scale, such phenomenon hadn't been reported in local or national weather forecasts. After a 30-minute period following these reports, Stages 2 and 4 of SCP-003-PT took over, and Stage 3 was reported by ships from the National Navy stationed in the North Pacific Ocean area ( ██°██.█', -███°███.█') in the form of a tidal wave of magnitude 8.5 in the Richter scale. The population of Pedra Grande was warned that "small earthquakes may be felt in the next few days", but that the phenomenon would "probably keep [itself] miles away" from the Northeast's seafront.

At approximatelly 20h16m on the same day, waves were observed receding into the sea. At 20h20m, tsunami waves of amplitude 20 could be observed on their way to the seafront of the mentioned cities. At 20h22m, these waves made first contact with the continent's coast, causing imminent destruction in a total radios of 360km2, destroying 90% of the buildings in their path and submerging all fauna and flora present. Number of casualties among local inhabitants is estimated at █████(total sum of the three cities affected by the phenomenon). After the impact, emergency surveys were mobilized in order to explain this unusual phenomenon. Undercover agents from the Foundation's Lusophone Branch contacted their superiors and initial containment teams were deployed in the area. A large-scale fundraising campaign for survivors and families of relatives killed during the event was initiated, and journalists were instructed to report the event as a previously occurring phenomenon of the area, intensified by climate change brought about by global warming.

Temporary containment parameters were established 7 days after suspicion of anomalous causes and termination of the search for survivors. 1 month after the "recovery" period observed in the affected area, unusual proliferation of A. dentata was reported in fertile areas (however inappropriate for the genus) of the region, apparently without any influence from external factors.

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