What is the cause of Tribulation in The Chrysalids?

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The cause of "Tribulation", which many of the Waknuk citizens believe was sent by God, was, in fact, implied as the radiation left from a Nuclear Holocaust. There are several hints such as all the flore and fauna having some mutations or none at all, and the following passage states some symptoms of nuclear radiation:

"...stories of sailors who report blackened, glassy wastes to the south-west where the remains of faintly glowing cities can be seen. Sailors venturing too close to these ruins experience symptoms consistent with Radiation_sickness."

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