How this tiny US town accidentally became the 'Shangri-la of quiet'

Welcome to Green Bank, the tiny US town which has become a haven for people fleeing the digital age.

The town in West Virginia is home to the six-decade-old Green Bank Observatory, which requires complete radio silence so it can peer deep into space.

As a consequence, cell phone service in Green Bank is almost entirely barred.

“Coming here and being able to get away from the internet, there is a certain cleansing that comes to you, that gives you time to clear your mind,” says Yvonne Wallech, a 59-year-old gift shop owner who moved to the town six years ago.

To protect the observatory’s work – as well as the operations of

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